Crocs go on guard

Young­sters in Dennis’ sights to fill team

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O’NEIL

TOWNSVILLE Crocodiles coach Shawn Dennis seems set to con­tinue the club’s youth­ful ap­proach to the 2015/ 16 NBL sea­son by adding a pair of promis­ing young Aus­tralian guards.

Three ros­ter spots re­main in the Crocs’ 10- man ro­ta­tion for the up­com­ing sea­son and Dennis con­firmed the club is in ne­go­ti­a­tions to se­cure some back­court sup­port for re­turn­ing starters Mitch Nor­ton and Clint Steindl.

“We are look­ing at an­nounc­ing two more young Aussie guards that we think will be a great fit in our group,” Dennis said.

“They are guys that peo­ple will know and we are go­ing to have a good group of young play­ers who will play hard and come to work ev­ery day with a great at­ti­tude.”

Promis­ing 20year- old combo guard Mirko Djeric has plied his trade for the Crocs for the past two NBL sea­sons and ap­pears a chance to re­turn to the side, while the club has also been linked with for­mer Cairns Taipans

floor gen­eral Corey May­nard, who opted out of a re­turn to last sea­son’s beaten grand fi­nal­ists and if the club could se­cure his ser­vices the 23- year- old play­maker would be a valu­able ad­di­tion to the Crocs’ sec­ond unit along with new front­court ar­rivals Nick Kay and Mitch Young.

Dennis was ex­cited at the prospect of un­leash­ing a youth­ful, up­beat team on the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion.

He said sign­ing vet­eran cen­tre Luke Schen­scher last week would help bal­ance out his play­ing group.

“Guys like ( Mitch) Young and ( Nick) Kay are young, en­thu­si­as­tic play­ers that re­ally want to do well and bring­ing Schen­scher back into the mix pro­vides ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said. “I’m ex­cited by that mix of younger and more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers.

“It’s go­ing to be a fan­tas­tic sea­son and we are putting to­gether a team that will com­pete very hard ev­ery sin­gle night.”

Corey May­nard.

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