NEVER fear, Lester Strong is still here - the veteran Knox Raiders import has confirmed he will return for his sixth South East Australian Basketball League season at the club after some pre-Christmas uncertainty about a troublesome knee injury.
Strong has played in the Raiders' 2009 SEABL championship team along with the conference championship teams in 2008 and 2009.
Although the recovery from his surgery means Strong has yet to take the pre-season practice court with the Raiders, the popular import said he hoped to soon be back at work with his side.
It's feeling good," Strong told Raiders media. "I'm in the process of straight line running, and adding weight to the leg machines so it's going well.
"I've been pushing myself just a little bit harder as well this year in terms of getting my body right and having my knee cleaned out.
"I think this year will be one of those years just like 2011, at least that is what my goal is anyway, to get back to that level."
Strong said fears he had a more serious knee problem proved not to be the case and he looked forward to the start of the SEABL season on March 15.
"There was no tear, but there were quite a few cartilages floating around in there from an old injury, but other than that it was just a clean out," he said.
Strong and long-time Raiders' favourite CJ Massingale will fill the import slots for the Raiders this season. Long-time NBL player Matt Shanahan will coach the team.
Raiders season membersships are now on sale with more information at the Knox Raiders website.