Coup as Crocs re- sign Conklin
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.