BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE North-West Thunder coach Sam Armstrong looks set to have plenty of options in his big man department for the 2020 NBL1 season after the announcement that former captain Brad Simpson has returned to the club.
Simpson played with the Thunder from 2014-2017 before concentrating his basketball duties with Burnie in the NWBU and playing football with Burnie in the NWFL for the past two years.
The forward, who also had a short-term contract with the Southern Huskies in the New Zealand NBL this season, joins Hobart recruits Jacob Richards and Cameron Brown at the club.
“Brad is still in the top handful of players in the NWBU, so to have him back is super pleasing,” Armstrong said.
“He’s a blue-collar guy with high basketball knowledge, and when you mix those two, that will be a good recipe for our group.
“He’s a natural leader as well as shown in his first session with the group the other night.
“One of the areas where the top echelon of teams are really healthy is through the front court, and it probably hasn’t been a strength of ours in the past and we’ve had to heavily recruit.
“To now have some Tassie guys who are established at this level to fill those roles is pretty exciting for our club.”
Armstrong also hopes to have the services of Paul Campbell for next season, but is yet to decide whether to chase an import as well for the centre or power forward spot.