Web­ster back for Break­ers

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sights af­ter the pair had pre­vi­ously played to­gether with the Break­ers, and Web­ster had been his star per­former in back-to­back Kiwi NBL tri­umphs with Welling­ton’s Saints.

It is the sec­ond game-changing sign­ing by Braswell, com­ing just days af­ter the club con­firmed the re­turn of two-time cham­pi­onship­win­ning power for­ward, and former Breaker, Tai Wes­ley. Web­ster’s ad­di­tion takes the ros­ter to eight for the com­ing sea­son, with three spots still to fill (all of which could be im­ports) and the most glar­ing need at cen­tre.

‘‘I made no se­cret when I got the job, that Corey was a player we were keen to talk to and see if we could have him re­turn to the club and I am de­lighted that we have suc­ceeded in do­ing just that,’’ said Braswell.

Web­ster last de­parted the club in early 2017 af­ter an in­jury­plagued sea­son that also saw him hav­ing to deal with off-court is­sues over an as­sault charge. He re­turns on the back of a stel­lar sea­son with Ironi Na­hariya in Is­rael, av­er­ag­ing 15.3 points, 2.2 re­bounds and 4 as­sists per game. He also won the three-point shoot­ing com­pe­ti­tion at Is­raeli All Star week­end.

The former West­lake Boys High stand­out first ap­peared for the Break­ers as a devel­op­ment player in 2008, go­ing on to spend nearly eight years on the ros­ter, and help­ing the club to win three of their four cham­pi­onships.

Web­ster, cur­rently play­ing in China, is ex­cited at the chance to re­turn home.

It en­ables him not just to be close to his young son who lives in Auck­land but also to ful­fil some ma­jor am­bi­tions he still has at the club.

Web­ster also pledged he came back a dif­fer­ent per­son who had learnt a lot from the lessons of the past.

‘‘Now’s the per­fect tim­ing for me to come back. I have done a lot of grow­ing as a per­son and learned a lot about my­self and who I want to be, not only as a basketball player, but also as a man and a fa­ther.

‘‘And with my son be­ing in Auck­land, I am ex­cited for the years ahead, on and off court.’’

Web­ster said he re­turned in top fit­ness for the Break­ers, and more im­me­di­ately for the Tall Blacks in their loom­ing World Cup qual­i­fy­ing games.

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