Basketball In Europe
By Paul Nilsen
|Belgium international Anke De Mondt is ready for a fresh challenge in the next EuroLeague Women season, having spent the best part of her career in Spain|
EuroLeague Women winner Anke De Mondt is Krakow bound and looking forward to a fresh challenge next season with Wisla Can-Pack.
The Belgian guard has become the latest player to walk through the exit door at Halcon Avenida following hot on the heels of Alba Torrens who is expected to strike a deal with Galatasaray for next season.
Speaking to the official Wisla-Can Pack website, she was already looking forward to her new adventure, one which will see her link-up once again with her ex-coach Jose Hernandez, who was in attendance last week to see De Mondt and his former team win the Spanish Liga Femenina title at arch rivals Ros Casares
"To be honest, it wasn't easy to leave Salamanca, I had four great years and especiallly with the triple this season," De Mondt said.
"Meanwhile the fans are so great, we were always getting a lot of respect and love from them but I was ready for a change, and Wisla Can Pack is another excellent EuroLeague Women team.
"I've heard a lot of positive things about the club, plus my ex-coaches are still going to be there next year, so I'm really looking forward to play for Jose (Hernandez) again."
Having played against her new club during the quarter-finals of the competition earlier this year, De Mondt has some idea of the potential of Wisla Can-Pack and smiled when asked about the possibility of clinching another EuroLeague Women title.
"Well, that would be awesome but I will firstly see what the team is going to look like. I'm sure the club wants to compete again in EuroLeague Women and show everybody this is a great team with huge ambitions.
"The games were not easy at all, especially in Krakow. It's a great gym with amazing fans. Wisla has been a great EuroLeague Women team during the last couple of seasons, so I'm sure the club will put a strong team together again and we'll be ready to compete at the highest level."
Having played in the Liga Femenina for eight years, De Mondt is also ready for the fresh challenge of playing every week in a new domestic league.
She added, "I don't know too much about it, but I know there are a couple good teams.
"It will be interesting for me to play in a new league, after eight seasons in Spain."