The Beehive-QSolutions Heat have been buoyed by the return of former Townsville Crocodiles superstar Todd Blanchfield who joins the team as a short-term injury replacement for UK import Jamell Anderson who suffered an unfortunate ankle injury this week.

Blanchfield, who has been plying his trade with Melbourne United for the past two seasons will join the team in Gladstone & Rockhampton for their central Queensland road trip this weekend. Blanchfiled last played in the QBL in 2014 with the Mackay Meteors, helping them to a grand final appearance against Rockhampton. Blanchfield has previously played with the Townsville Heat, winning the QBL’s U23 youth player of the year in 2013 in leading the Heat to a semi-final appearance.

The 2014/15 NBL most improved player has seen his game grow during his time at Melbourne United and he was recently named to an extended Australian Boomers squad, under head coach Andrej Lemanis, to trial for a position to represent the country in the upcoming FIBA Asia qualifying tournaments.

Heat head coach Rodney Anderson shared his excitement at securing Blanchfield on a short term contract to replace the injured Anderson.

“Todd is the perfect replacement for Jamell, their skillsets are so similar in terms of being able to defend multiple positions, score from the wing and the post and both are players who play above the rim”.

“Todd is really going to help us this weekend in defending the Gladstone and Rockhampton imports. Ray Willis is one of the marquee players in the league and is a tough cover for anyone. I know Todd’s personality, he is a truly selfless individual who will fit seamlessly into our group this weekend. He’s familiar with a lot of the guys on the team and I know the group is excited to have him on board”.

“We hope Jamell is back on the court as quickly as possible, but its great to be able to bring in a player on Todd’s calibre to cover for him” Anderson added.

The Heat take on Gladstone tonight, before hitting the highway to Rockhampton tomorrow afternoon to take on the Rockets in what is always a highly-anticipated match-up. Tip-off in Gladstone tonight is 8:30pm.

After playing just one home game in the first five rounds of the season, the Heat return home next Friday night to take on the Ipswich Force at The Furnace. Don’t miss your chance to see Townsville’s hottest team in action at home next Friday. To secure your seats, call Townsville Basketball on 4778 3400.