Ipswich’s massive coup: Boomer signs with Force
IPSWICH Force is today unveiling the biggest marquee signing in the association's history.
Brisbane Bullets and Australian Boomers basketballer Nathan Sobey is keen to play for Ipswich in the inaugural NBL1 North competition scheduled to start in Queensland next month.
Force head coach Chris Riches said Sobey would be a huge asset after returning from a holiday following his latest national league season.
"He's like one of the best players in Australia at the moment,'' Riches said.
"Nathan is a true talent, there has been nothing like this in Ipswich for over a decade at least across any sport.''
Sobey, 29, is a 1.88m point and shooting guard from Warrnambool.
Apart from being a Bullets regular, Sobey was part of the Australian Boomers team that won the gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Long-time basketball enthusiast Riches had been in contact with Sobey for some time, eager to secure his services for the revamped state league competition.
"Everything has just fallen into place and he's going to be staying around in the area,'' Riches said.
The NBL1 North will effectively be a national league off-season for the high quality recruit.
However, Ipswich will benefit from his services with current captain Jason Ralph recovering from recent surgery and loyal American import Kyle Harvey returning to the city.
"He (Sobey) brings experience, quality of play . . . just having that guy that's been at the level will just build a whole different level and feel to the team essentially,'' Riches said.
"And also to our community because he's super focused on wanting to improve the standard of basketball in our local area.''
The NBL1 North season is scheduled to start the Anzac Day weekend, subject to any issues with the coronavirus.
"We're hoping by that time everything will be sitting in place in regards to how society is going to operate for the next six months,'' the Force head coach said.
Sobey said he was "super excited'' to join Ipswich Force "and have the opportunity to build basketball in the local area".
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