Caluico leaves Ipswich for pro deal in Portugal

Danny averaged 7 ppg and 7rpg in almost a year at Ipswich Basketball Club (Image: Pavel Kricka)

Ipswich Basketball has parted ways with forward Daniel Caluico, who has returned home to Portugal to sign a professional club at top-flight Ovarense.

Head Coach Nick Drane has confirmed the deal and that Caluico, who has not been available since Christmas as the transfer went through, has likely played his last game for the Suffolk outfit.

“Danny came to see us just after Christmas and explained that, while he was at home over Christmas, he was offered a professional contract with a club much nearer his home and his family,” said Drane.

“I’m not in the habit of releasing players mid-season, but Danny has been through a lot to play for our club, done a tremendous job, and a professional contract was what he deserved.”

Ovarense, who are sitting mid-table in the Liga Placard,
announced the signing on their website today. The club have faced a lot of injury problems as they battle for a place in European competition and Caluico provides them much-needed depth. Drane wishes him all the best, but is already seeing the positives for Ipswich.

“Obviously I want the very best for Danny, he really is a model professional and I know he’ll be successful.

“But this departure does back up what I’ve said previously about our depth at the forward positions; we still have Leigh Greenan, Tom Sadler, Colin Dockrell, Josh Apple and Jonny Hall to play the 4/5 positions.”

Ipswich face Liverpool Basketball Club at Copleston this weekend, tipping off at 5pm on Saturday.