LEAD­ERS STEP­PING UP

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

Q Mark Wor­thing­ton brought so much in terms of lead­er­ship and voice be­fore he re­tired. How can the team fill his void?

A I think Alex Loughton took a back seat when Wortho was here. Al is a nat­u­ral leader, he is al­ways talking and hav­ing ban­ter with the guys. Cameron Glid­don has learnt a lot from Wortho too. There are a few of the guys who have to step up into that lead­er­ship role. (I am) there too, I am not say­ing I am go­ing to be cap­tain of the club, but we are all there and have ex­pe­ri­ence. I think it is go­ing to be a group ef­fort.

Q The Taipans fin­ished sec­ond on the lad­der af­ter the reg­u­lar sea­son in 2016-17 and then went out in the first round of the fi­nals. What im­prove­ments do you feel need to be made?

A We tended to have dead spots in our of­fence. At times we did not know what to do. We did not have that guy that you can give the ball to and he can just go one-on-one. We need some­one that can just go and cre­ate of­fence. Hope­fully it can be my­self. Scoochie and Mike could be it too but it is early in the sea­son to say that. We need to be more fo­cused in the sec­ond half of games.

Q You have had two years back in the NBL, bat­tled in­jury, played at two dif­fer­ent clubs and while you have been solid, I would not say you have come back from Europe and re­ally dom­i­nated like you can. Do you feel you need a big sea­son per­son­ally?

A I am try­ing to. I have worked re­ally hard on my eat­ing, my health and my weight this off-sea­son. I want that big sea­son. It would help my­self but most im­por­tantly, it would re­ally help the team. It would make things eas­ier for ev­ery­one.

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