Taipans plan to strike against ex-skip­per

The Gympie Times - - SPORT - — Jor­dan Ger­rans

BAS­KET­BALL: Departed Taipans skip­per Cameron Glid­don has been met with noth­ing but re­spect and ap­plause ahead of his first meet­ing against his old club tonight.

New and old team­mates show­ered praise on the shoot­ing guard this week and were more than vin­di­cated on Thurs­day night as he led his new club to a huge win on the road to start the cam­paign.

But if you wind the clock back to March, re­spect and ap­plause were re­placed with dis­ap­point­ment and con­fu­sion af­ter he ac­cepted an of­fer to join Bris­bane with­out lis­ten­ing to an of­fer from the Taipans de­spite his six sea­sons with the Far North Queens­land club.

“While dis­ap­pointed that Glid­don did not af­ford the club an op­por­tu­nity to present an of­fer, he did com­mu­ni­cate a de­sire to change his en­vi­ron­ment af­ter spend­ing six years here,” Taipans chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Beecroft said at the time.

Af­ter Glid­don’s off-sea­son back surgery, Bul­lets high per­for­mance man­ager Mick Downer says the West Aus­tralian na­tive feels like a new man.

“He has got a great rep­u­ta­tion through the sport – he is a hard worker, smart player and good guy,” Downer said.

“He de­vel­oped from be­ing a young col­lege kid com­ing back to Aus­tralia into a cap­tain of a bas­ket­ball club.

“He grew up as a man and as a pro player, over­com­ing some is­sues with his body too. He is in the prime of his ca­reer now.”

The man who re­placed Glid­don as Cairns Taipans cap­tain, Alex Loughton, cheek­ily pointed to the shoot­ing guard’s re­cent back surgery to re­lieve a bulging disc is­sue.

“I have played a lot of bas­ket­ball with Cam Glid­don, but it will be good fun and a chal­lenge to play against him,” Loughton said.

“He will be look­ing to take it to his old team – we will cer­tainly not be hold­ing back.

“Hope­fully a few back picks might loosen him up in the back court, but we will see how we go.”

Photo: An­thony Au-Ye­ung/Getty Images

LEAD­ING THE WAY: Cameron Glid­don looks to off­load dur­ing the Bul­lets’ round one NBL clash with the New Zealand Break­ers in Auck­land on Thurs­day night.

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