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Posted on: Friday, 1 September 2017 at 9:08:41 AM

The S&K Electrical Geraldton Buccaneers players share a mutual hunger for a championship in 2018, with most players wanting to return.

 

Big hopes hang on the team’s imports Dwayne Benjamin and Maurice Barrow to return for another season and Benjamin expressed a desire to wear the blue and gold again in 2018.

 

“There’s still a long time before that comes but I hope I can come back, there’s a big part in my head to return,” Benjamin said.

 

“I would like to come back and work harder.

 

“After playing a whole season together if we can get the same guys back we’ll be more experienced and could have a good season.”

 

Benjamin has a contract to play a season in Macedonia starting next month, which will finish before the SBL season.

 

Maurice Barrow is returning to America to visit family in between the seasons and said his head wasn’t currently in that space to make a decision just yet.

 

Star guard Jackson Hussey has moved back to Perth to be with family but has been offered a FIFO job to play for the Buccs again next season.

 

“I’ve been away from Perth for the last eight or nine years with the Australian Institute of Sport then college and have been with the Buccs for a season and a half,” he said.

 

“It’s time for me to get back home and spend some time with the family but I’ve been offered a FIFO job and I’d love to stay and play for the Buccs,” he said.

 

Matt Hancock is heading to Melbourne for the NBL season and said, though he’s weighing up his options, returning to the Buccs next year is on the cards.

 

“I loved the season it was a great opportunity to play for the Buccs and a great place to live I enjoyed my time in Geraldton,” he said. “If we can return majority of the guys we had this season it’s always an advantage because we know each other and we know each other’s games now.

 

“We didn’t make it as far as we wanted to but did a great job getting to the semifinal.

 

“We’re not going to know what’s going on with Dwayne and Maurice until closer but I’m sure they’d both be interested we’re all hungry for a championship.”

 

Buccs general manager Andrew Horstman said the post-season review would take two weeks.

 

“All the players I’ve spoken to have expressed interest in coming back but no final decisions will be made until early next year,” he said. “Pre-season kicks off in the last week of November and we’re hopeful the squad will be named before that.

 

“The model we’ve been working on over the last four years has allowed us to reach two quarter finals, one semifinal and one grand final. We’ve identified the need to find another 10 per cent improvement somewhere in that model to get us that championship.”

 

Story by Zoe Keenan

Courtesy of The Geraldton Guardian

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