ANBL: NZ Breakers re-sign Aussie guard Jarrad Weeks

Jarrad Weeks has signed a one-year contract extension with the NZ Breakers.
Jarrad Weeks has signed a one-year contract extension with the NZ Breakers. Photo credit: AAP

Australia guard Jarrad Weeks will return to the NZ Breakers for a third season, after signing a one-year contract extension. 

The 30-year-old joins Kiwi quartet Tom Abercrombie, Corey Webster, Finn Delany and Rob Loe as the fifth confirmed rostered player for the 2020-21 season. 

Since arriving in New Zealand, Weeks - known as 'Agent 97' - has played 53 games for the Breakers. Last season, he averaged 16.4 minutes, 5.9 points, 1.4 assists and 1.7 rebounds across 25 games. 

"I'm very excited to come back," said Weeks. "I think the club put in some really good steps last season, especially towards the end, where we finished 11-3.

"If we can get the old band back together, it's going to be a very successful campaign." 

"I like the way [director of basketball] Dan [Shamir] coaches, and I think he sees me as another coach out there on the floor to try and lead some of the guys. 

"With me coming back and the New Zealanders they've already signed, we can get to the finals next year.

"I wear a New Zealand hat with a silver fern with pride. It has been a long time for me in New Zealand. 

"Many guys joke about, 'When are you going to be a New Zealand citizen?' I will always be an Aussie at heart, but New Zealand plays a big part in my life right now and I'm very happy to be here."

Shamir is delighted with how his roster is taking shape.

"We feel that the second half of the season, we were very competitive and we want to create a similar situation for next year.

"We don't really have a final idea of everybody's role. It really depends on whether we will be able to keep Scotty Hopson and Sek Henry, or whether we will have to bring in other players."

Shamir confirmed further player announcements would be made in the coming weeks.