Power to sign American import for season

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

GET ready for some showtime Gladstone after the massive news an American import will be suiting up for the Port City Power men's basketball team in the upcoming Southern Cross season.

A delighted Power coach Dean Page shared the big news with The Observer after getting the green light from Gladstone Basketball. 'To get the clearance to sign an import is sensational news for basketball in Gladstone,'' Page said.

'It is a huge step forward and a vote of confidence for the program. "With this news, there is no doubt this season promises to be an exciting one for the entire ball club.'

When asked about possible names he would target, the crafty Page kept his cards very close to his chest.

'At this stage it is too early to tell you about specific players, but I have got a few players in my mind at this stage,' he said.

'I will tell you in good time,' he joked.

Page expressed his desire to get the right import and added it was crucial he does.

'We are looking for an import who will fit in with our program here,' he said.

"It is important you get the right player who can fit in with our local players which is very important.

'We want someone who can fill the stands at the stadium and be an attractive proposition off the court.'

That would include a key role with Gladstone Basketball's number of junior programs and developmental work in schools across the region.

In more news, the Southern Cross competition looks set to be expanded to seven teams for the 2006 season.

The reports are a team from Logan City will join the ranks, which is a major boost for the Southern Cross division which lost Hervey Bay Hurricanes and Gold Coast Rage at the end of last season.

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