Power size boosted by import Green

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

PORT City Power men's coach Dean Page has added his latest piece to the puzzle which is the 2006 Southern Cross Basketball season, securing the services of Chris Green.

The talented 19-year-old Cairns product comes to the harbour city with a big reputation developed in the strong Tropical League with Mulgrave.

Standing an imposing six footfour inches (195cm) tall, the athletic Green is sure to provide coach Page with a number of options next season.

'Greeny is going to be a major asset to our ball club,'' Page said.

'We are very happy to have him on board, he is going to offer a lot of versatility to our roster next season.'

One of Green's major assets is that versatility, which allows him to play primarily as a guard or a forward.

'It is important that we have coverage in a number of positions and I think Greeny is one guy who can certainly give us that,' he said.

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Green grew up in Cairns, but is sure to add some fine Caribbean flavour to the Power's mix.

He is counting down the days until his arrival in the harbour city and is excited at the prospect of wearing the Blue and Gold.

"I just can't wait, this is a great opportunity for me to play at ABA level,'' Green said.

'The Power program is one that is brand new and has a lot of promise. That is something I really want to be part of.'

A Queensland North player at under-16 and under-18 level, Green is confident the move to Gladstone will bring him one step closer to his dreams of playing in the NBL.

'Playing in the NBL is a big goal of mine and getting the chance at the Power is the next step for me.

'I want to develop my all-round game under coach Page here and hopefully get to NBL level down the track,' he said.

One thing Green has promised the fans is a bit of show, saying he can't wait to pull off a dunk in front of the Kev Broome Stadium crowd.

'Maybe it is that bit of Trinidad extraction in me, I don't mind a dunk so hopefully the local fans like that.

'And also keep an eye out for some no-look passes, but we will have to see what coach thinks,' he laughed.

And in what is only good news for those legion of Power fans, Page has promised that Green's signing is only the start of things to come.

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