Crocs go on guard
Youngsters in Dennis’ sights to fill team
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.”