Jessica Bibby wants to play on next season. Photo: Colleen Petch
Canberra Capitals skipper Jess Bibby has revealed she contemplated retirement on the eve of the WNBL season while questioning her ability to compete in one of the world's best leagues.
But after a return to form this season, the vibrant guard says she has no plans of hanging up the boots until at least the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
The 33-year-old is averaging 13 points a game from the bench, a welcome return to form after an uncharacteristic shooting slump last season.
On Thursday, Bibby quashed speculation her public criticism of Basketball Australia last week was a parting shot before quitting.
With the Capitals destined to miss the finals for the second straight season, Bibby said the lure of another championship would ensure that she returned to take another shot.
''For the first time I was probably doubting my ability a little bit,'' Bibby admitted.''Our league's too good to have passengers and those little doubts were creeping in, am I still good enough?
''At the start of the year, before pre-season, I was umming and ahhing about pulling the pin, but once we got up and running I was enjoying it more than ever.''
Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf has made no secret of her belief the captain could play until she's 40, but Bibby said she would reassess her future at the end of next season.
''I can categorically say right now I won't be retiring at the end of the season. I tend to take it one year at a time at the moment and I'll definitely be playing one more, and we'll see how we go after that,'' she said.
Bibby said she doesn't regret her swipe at Basketball Australia, in which she accused the governing body of placing more priority on the NBL than the WNBL.
Her views prompted widespread support from fellow players and fans, with Basketball Australia responding by insisting it was hell bent on improving the WNBL.
''I wasn't thinking my opinion is definitely everyone else's opinion, but the strength of numbers [other players' support] was comforting to see,'' she said.
''The things I spoke about are just a few of many things that need to be looked at and hopefully there is someone there [at Basketball Australia] that takes what the players are saying seriously and we'll see some improvement.''
Bibby said the players were simply asking for transparency from Basketball Australia, and to be updated on its plan to further grow the league.
''We don't hear what progressions are being made and the things being worked in; it'd be nice to know what's happening so we are aware,'' she said.
''It's not a case of 'we want this and we want this right now', but can you let us know what you've got in store.
''Why can't the league come out and say we can't do that for these reasons, but this is what we're looking to do and this is the time frame we want to do it?''
Canberra's chances of upsetting title favourites Dandenong at AIS Arena on Saturday have been dealt a blow, with Mikaela Dombkins no chance of returning from injury.
The bench guard has missed the past three games with a knee injury, and will undergo an MRI scan to further assess the damage.
Canberra Capitals v Dandenong Rangers at AIS Arena, 7pm. Tickets available from Ticketek.