Rock­ets go down un­der to sign up De­clan

The Wokingham Paper - - ROUND-UP -

AUS­TRALIAN De­clan Soukup has be­come Read­ing Rock­ets’ fifth sign­ing of the sum­mer.

Rock­ets, who get their sea­son un­der­way later this month, have al­ready added Tim Gill, Jer­rod Hen­dricks, Syd­ney Don­ald­son and Jonny Foulds to their 2017/18 ros­ter.

And 6’3 combo guard Soukop is due to ar­rive in the UK later this week fol­low­ing the end of his na­tive sea­son with Dan­de­nong Rangers in the Aus­tralian SEABL.

Soukop, who is a Bri­tish pass­port holder, pre­vi­ously spent four years play­ing for Bryant Univer­sity and As­sump­tion Greyhounds in the NCAA in Amer­ica.

“We are re­ally pleased to bring in De­clan to our team and feel he is an ex­cel­lent fit to the squad we al­ready have,” said Rock­ets head coach Manuel Pena Garces.

“He has a very ver­sa­tile game and is in great shape hav­ing only just fin­ished his sea­son back in Aus­tralia.

“We have felt for a while we need to bol­ster and strengthen the group and by adding De­clan to the mix we have taken a great step in do­ing so.”

And in fur­ther good news for Read­ing, fel­low sum­mer sign­ing

Gill has fi­nally se­cured a visa to make the move over to join his team­mates.

Rock­ets have been in pre-sea­son ac­tion with games against Team USA Se­lect, Fyllin­gen and Es­sex Leop­ards, in prepa­ra­tion for the cam­paign be­gin­ning on Septem­ber 24.

But it has been a youth­ful line-up for those matches, fea­tur­ing only four se­nior players.

“We have had a re­ally good pre­sea­son in terms of train­ing and games,” said chair­man Gary John­son.

“The guys that are in have done well so far. “There is still a lot of work to do and that will be the chal­lenge for the coach­ing staff over the next couple of weeks as the squad comes to­gether and we pos­si­bly look to add one more player to the fold.”

He con­tin­ued: “Our fo­cus has been to have a deeper squad than last sea­son as well as main­tain­ing our phi­los­o­phy of pro­mot­ing and de­vel­op­ing young tal­ent.

“We feel we have def­i­nitely taken some pos­i­tive steps in this off-sea­son and now we are look­ing for­ward to re­ally com­pet­ing and work­ing hard dur­ing the sea­son.”

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