Rockets sign up a winner
THE Rockhampton Stadium Nightclub Rockets finally have their man in the form of Townsville Crocs NBL forward Cameron Tragardh.
Standing at 209cm and weighing 112kg, Tragardh agreed to terms with the Rockets yesterday and plans to arrive in Rockhampton to start his QABL (Queensland Australian Basketball League) pre-season training in early April.
The QABL's 2005 most valuable player has been in the Rockets' sights for the past two seasons, but has been unable to join the program due to outside factors.
Speaking to The Morning Bulletin yesterday, Tragardh, who has played in the NBL since 2003, said this season he wanted something different and exciting.
"It's (Rockhampton) a great place to play, and it should be even better being on the home team,'' Tragardh said. "They get great support and the community is really behind this team.''
The Rockets' finals aspirations have been dealt cruel blows in past seasons, enduring injuries or players having to leave the program, but Tragardh hopes he can help bring a winning culture to the team.
Tragardh courted his fair share of interest from other QABL clubs, and Victorian clubs, for the NBL off-season league with "passion'' a contributing factor to his final decision.
"Neal (Tweedy) really wants to win ? he's really passionate,'' Tragardh said.
The new recruit's praise for his coach is reciprocated. Tweedy said Tragardh gave them instant scoring power inside and was a big target for the Rockets inside.
"It shows the credit to our program that we have the ability to attract players like Cameron to Rocky,'' Tweedy said.
Tweedy is also negotiating for two US imports, including Michael Hart, to complete the roster.