Brad Hill to return for 6th season.
The Castec Rural Supplies Pioneers most experienced player has committed to return for the 2018 season.
Brad Hill a veteran of 276 NBL games and 5 national SEABL finals resulting in 3 championships is gearing up to return in pursuit of more success.
End of season ankle surgery and a move to Cairns to be with his wife Julie signalled a likely end to the 2 time Alan Scott medallist’s tenure with club.
Numerous discussion’s with new Pioneers president Tom Kosch, successful surgery and the all clear from wife Julie has led to Brad back to Mount Gambier.
Brad contributed 15.7 points 6.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game last season as his versatility continued to be a key component in the teams championship run.
“Having Brad recommit to the team is huge for us” “He is a do it all type player, who like his team mates has always put the team first” Pioneers coach Richard Hill commented.
Being able to return 4 starters from last year’s team gives the Pioneers a solid base to defend their SEABL title.
“ I really like our team, the addition of Majok, Lewis and Kyle will give us a new and exciting look without causing much disruption” “Brad together with Tom and Eze have been part of 5 consecutive conference championships and provide great leadership and stability to compliment their obvious talent” “This is a very good league that continues to grow and improve as we must if we wish to contend again” Hill concluded.
The Pioneers squad have been working individually and in small groups during December and January and will continue with this until the whole group comes together on the 22nd of February.
The team will play an extensive pre-season schedule, commencing with the annual Millicent tournament the first week in March followed by a tournament in Geelong on March 17th and 18th and games the following week against Kilsyth and Dandenong in Melbourne.