Coup as Crocs re- sign Con­klin

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O'NEIL rohan. o'neil@ news. com. au

THE king has re­turned for the Townsville Crocodiles, with the club yesterday an­nounc­ing cur­rent league MVP Brian Con­klin has signed on for a third sea­son.

Con­klin was a shin­ing light for the Crocodiles last sea­son in the NBL, av­er­ag­ing 18.9 points and 6.4 re­bounds on his way to the league’s top in­di­vid­ual hon­our, and the re- sign­ing of the hugely tal­ented Amer­i­can is a ma­jor coup for the re­build­ing Townsville team.

The 26- year- old was handed his start in the NBL by Crocs coach Shawn Dennis in the 2013/ 14 sea­son and a sense of un­fin­ished busi­ness was key to Con­klin agree­ing to re­turn as he tries to guide the club back into the cham­pi­onship pic­ture.

“In­di­vid­ual ac­co­lades are great but I’ve al­ways been a per­son who has wanted to win cham­pi­onships,” he said.

“I talked to SD when I first came over and my goal first of all was to make play­offs and com­pete for a cham­pi­onship and we haven’t had a chance to do that yet. I am hop­ing with our mix of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence we can get it done.”

Another key fac­tor in get­ting Con­klin across the line was the fam­ily at­mos­phere of the city, with the two- time Crocs MVP and his preg­nant wife Kristina set to welcome their first child later this year. The chance to start a fam­ily the close knit Townsville

In­di­vid­ual ac­co­lades are great but I’ve al­ways been a per­son who has wanted to win cham­pi­onships

in com­mu­nity helped con­vinced Con­klin to spurn the ad­vances of ri­val NBL teams and over­seas of­fers.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing and the big thing about it for us was with Kristina be­ing preg­nant and the baby be­ing due around the first week­end of the sea­son we needed some­where we were com­fort­able with and had a great sup­port sys­tem,” he said.

“As far as the play­ing sit­u­a­tion and as far as rais­ing a child it ( Townsville) seemed like the best over­all fit for me.”

Dennis paid trib­ute to the club’s spon­sors Homes by Mon­tana and Camp Prop­erty De­vel­op­ment for their help in get­ting the deal done.

“We were very lucky to have Homes by Mon­tana come on board as a per­sonal spon­sor for Brian and Camp Prop­erty De­vel­op­ment stepped for­ward to pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“That al­lowed us to go back to Brian and get a deal struck up and that’s just fan­tas­tic to get com­mu­nity sup­port like that to help bring the king back,” Dennis said.

BRIAN CON­KLIN

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