Basketball news: René Comes has everything under control in Montpellier

René Comes defended the club's position in the basketball news section of the regional newspaper on the departure of two youth players from the club for next season.

Alexia Plagnard  © Dominique Bentejac Alexia Plagnard (19 years, on picture) joined the club in 2008 after completing her three years with the CFBB.

She is an experienced youth international player who represented France at the 2009 U19 FIBA World Championship for Women.

She has decided to leave the club and will continue her career at Challes-les-Eaux in the Ligue féminine de Basketball next season.

The second youth player to leave is Linda Bousbaa (18 years) who is set to join Dunkerque Malo in L2 next season.

Bousbaa was a member of the France U16 team that won the European Championship in 2007. She picked up a silver medal in 2009 at the U18 European Championships.

Both players are part of the current France U20 training squad for this summer youth international competition.

René Comes, the President of the club, explained that all the teams that finished ahead of them in the league had stronger players with more experience in the position of point guard.

However this did not stop him from offering both players new contracts.

Australians signing in France has become a common basketball news story in France in recent seasons and Montpellier have become the last club to sign a player from down under.

Alicia Poto  © Mark Nolan Alicia Poto who played for CJM Bourges (Bourges Basket) from 2000-2004 has signed a one-year contract with the club.

She will be joined in the point guard position by 21-year old Virginie Bremont.

Bremont has spent the last three seasons with SO Armentières, after a successful youth career at COB Calais. Bremont has signed a contract for two years.

Ana Lelas has also signed for two years while Fatimatou Sacko and Iva Perovanovic have each signed a contract for a year.

Perovanovic is a Montenegrin international who has spent the last two seasons playing in Spain.

The following players will not be coming back next season:

Dana Boonen, Leslie Fournier (Rennes, L2), Sylvie Gruszczynski (COB Calais), Constance Jinks and Khadijah Whittington.

Valéry Demory will continue in his function of head coach and will have four players from last season: Gaëlle Skrela, Pauline Krawczyk, Cyrielle Hughes and Sandra Dijon-Gérardin.

Krawczyk will have her operation during the first week of June and then will have around six months of rehabilitation.

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Date created: 31 May 2010

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