Brandreth joins the Jets for his eighth season, and says he is impressed with the new management at the Jets alongside the appointment of player-coach James Hamilton.
Brandreth said: “With the added reinvigoration from the change of management, together with a player-coach in James Hamilton who knows the game well, has been around for the league for years, and as well as that is one of my very good friends; they were the main reasons that helped me with my decision to remain with Cheshire Jets.
“I know what I can and can’t do out there, I won’t be trying to score 30 odd points a game, but I’ll be out there playing tough defence, knock down my open shots and getting all my basics right.”
Brandreth is joined by 19-year old Gillard who is currently studying at the University of Chester. Gillard has played internationally for England at U16 and U18 level, developed through the Jets National League set-up, and last year averaged over 30ppg for University of Chester.
But to combine playing for the Jets alongside his law degree was an opportunity Gillard couldn’t turn down.
He said: “This is a club that I have supported since I first picked up a basketball aged seven. When the coach called me and told me the situation I felt it was a great opportunity for me to combine studying at University of Chester with playing basketball at the highest level in Great Britain. It was an offer I could just not turn down.”
The Jets’ first match is away to Leicester Riders on September, 23 after their Northgate Arena home was already booked for the previous weekend.