Perera is having the best Season of her short WNBL career averaging 7 points and 2.4 rebounds per game for the Rangers, who defeated the Canberra Capitals last weekend to improve to 9-7 on the Season, keeping their title hopes alive.

“I guess this year is my third full season (in the WNBL) so I think being a more experienced player was always going to help me perform better,” said Perera, when ask of her great form in 2010/11.

Eastern Suburbs local Perera will join the Swinburne Lady Cobras upon the completion of her contract with the Rangers and will be looking to continue the improvement in her game under Head Coach Cheryl Chambers.

I decided to sign at Kilsyth because I have heard nothing but good things about the Club and program. I know Cheryl from Dandenong and I really respect her and think that she can help improve my game and provide a good program to play in. I also really liked the atmosphere at the Club, I met Rod Popp and the program and Club seems to be heading in all the right directions and I wanted to be a part of that!”

Perera added regarding the Swinburne Lady Cobras roster in 2011, “I think I will bring experience to a younger SEABL team and also versatility in the guard position. I can play the two-guard and point guard and I hope that I can contribute both scoring wise and defensively to help the Swinburne Lady Cobras win a SEABL Championship,” concluded Perera.

Swinburne Lady Cobras Head Coach Cheryl Chambers is excited about having Chantella sign for 2011. “She will bring experienced youth, athleticism and scoring power. She will enable us to run an up tempo game and brings skills of a great defender.”

“Channy is one of the hardest working players – she will bring a work ethic that will be infectious to everyone! We will continue develop her as a two-guard (where she will predominately play) and work on some point guard skills.” 

With a squad expected to include a number of up and coming younger players Chambers is looking for Perera to be a leader, “I will be looking for her to provide leadership by example and be a big part of what we do at both ends of the floor.”

The Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras tip off their campaign on Saturday 2 April 2011 against arch rivals the Knox Raiders.  The Club is expecting to make further announcements over the coming weeks of further signings.

The Swinburne Lady Cobras will begin pre-season training in early February. 2011 Season Membership and Player Sponsorship packages are now available for further information.