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Cosier's future up in the air as Capitals call for medical

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Jon Tuxworth

Canberra guard Michelle Cosier wants her future secured.

Canberra guard Michelle Cosier wants her future secured. Photo: Richard Briggs

Star guard Michelle Cosier has demanded her future with the Canberra Capitals be resolved within a fortnight, after the WNBL club requested she complete a medical test before offering her a new contract.

After an injury-plagued 12 months, Cosier had verbally agreed to re-sign with the Capitals before tearing her hamstring playing for Canberra's SEABL side four weeks ago.

The 30-year-old's name was notably absent from Canberra's 2012-13 roster when it was released yesterday.

But Basketball ACT boss Tony Jackson last night said Cosier was definitely in Canberra's plans for next season, but the details of her contract are dependant on the results of her medical assessment.

However Cosier is reluctant to wait much longer for the club to restart negotiations, fearing she may be left in limbo.

''They were going to offer me a contract when I did my first [medical] clearance, then it was a two-and-a-half week gap where he [Jackson] said he was going to put something on the table, and that's when I did my hammy,'' Cosier said.

''I'm doing physio every week with the Caps and they've said they need me and want me, but won't put something on the table.

''I need to know by the next couple of weeks so I can actually go and talk to another club if they [don't want me].''

Cosier missed the first half of the last WNBL season with osteitis pubis, and faces another four weeks of rehabilitation to repair her hamstring.

The Capitals currently have 10 players on their roster after announcing the signing of teenager Casey Samuels yesterday.

Small forward Carly Wilson and point guard Alice Coddington will return, while Molly Lewis has accepted an offer from Adelaide.

'''Muss' [Cosier] is definitely a part of the Capitals program going forward, we've always said that,'' Jackson said.

''There's been a verbal offer there'll be a contract coming, but we haven't struck the finer details with her agent yet on the make-up.

''Some of that will be dependant on how her recovery goes.

''Purely on how her body recovers, if the doctors say she'll be on limited minutes or miss the first part of the season, we would have to consider bringing someone in short term to cover that gap.''

Meanwhile, Samuels is rated one of the country's brightest prospects and turned down interest from other WNBL sides, including her home club Sydney, to join Canberra.

The versatile 17-year-old is equally adept at shooting guard, power forward or small forward, and has been part of the AIS program since 2011.

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