The Brisbane Bullets have taken a step towards future success by retaining the services of star guard Nathan Sobey.
Boomers star Nathan Sobey has committed his future to Brisbane, re-signing with the Bullets on a multi-year deal.
Rejecting reported interest from other NBL clubs, the 31-year-old guard said he was ready to do “whatever it takes” to turn the Bullets into championship contenders.
The Bullets finished the NBL season in eighth spot, winning just 10 of their 28 games.
A lingering knee injury restricted Sobey – who averaged 16.1 points, 3.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds – to just 12 appearances, with his absence proving telling in Brisbane’s failure to reach the playoffs for the third successive season.
“I stick by what I have been saying about wanting to get the Bullets back into the playoffs and will do whatever it takes for that to happen,” Sobey said.
“I’m looking forward to a break and getting the body right before a big next season.”
Warrnambool-born Sobey, who joined the Bullets in 2019 from the Adelaide 36ers, said Brisbane was now “home”.
“I’m excited to be back on-board for the next few years. My family and I love it up here,” he said.
Bullets coach James Duncan said retaining the services of Sobey – who was part of the Boomers’ bronze medal-winning team at last year’s Tokyo Olympics – had been a “high priority” for the club.
“I’m excited to have Sobey, one of the top players in the NBL, re-sign with us,” Duncan said.
“His skill and competitiveness was highly missed in the latter part of our season.
“He’s such a huge piece of what we’re doing here in Brisbane, and with Nathan’s signing, our rebuild has officially started.”
Bullets general manager of basketball Sam Mackinnon said: “We always wanted Nathan to continue his career with the Bullets and we’re excited that he wants to be front and centre of what we’re building here.
“As our marquee player, he brings passion and excitement to the game and will be a key recruiting tool for the club this off season.”
Sobey is the third Bullets player to have signed for next season, joining captain and fellow guard Jason Cadee and centre Tyrell Harrison.