Bibby eager to return following dreadful season

CANBERRA CAPITALS veteran Jess Bibby has reaffirmed her desire to play again next season, admitting the club's lean season will ''eat away'' at her and her teammates over winter.

Bibby also hopes the pain of missing the WNBL play-offs in back-to-back campaigns will ensure head coach Carrie Graf recommits to the club.

Canberra's forgettable season ended on the lowest possible note when they lost to bottom side West Coast at home on Friday night.

Graf is set to decide next week whether she will continue her 12-year reign at the Capitals.

On Thursday she announced she would not renominate for the Australian Opals head-coaching role, instead becoming coach-in-residence at the University of Canberra.

Graf has guided the Capitals to six of their record seven championships and skipper Bibby has her fingers crossed the Waves loss wasn't her last game at the club.


"I haven't got the inside word, I don't know more than the next person, [but] I don't think she'd like to leave on that note,'' Bibby said.

"Graffy has a philosophy of making sure you leave everything out on the floor every time, because you never know if it could be your last game.

Fairfax Media understands the Capitals management is pressing for Graf to sign a three-year contract extension.

Bibby, 33, confirmed last month she had no plans on retiring, but admitted she had contemplated it.

"I can't finish like that, [but] whether the club wants to move in another direction I don't know,'' Bibby said.

"I'll be 34 next season and I still feel like I've got a bit of juice in the legs.

"I said to the girls afterwards, that's not the way we wanted to finish, but for everyone coming back to let that burn and eat away a little bit.

"I've had the privilege of winning five championships, and I'd love to go out with another title. This club has too much history and tradition in that area not to get back to that level next year.''