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King Conklin Cut

CONKLIN BRIAN

The Townsville Crocs have made a shock announcement today after they released last season’s league MVP, Brian Conklin.

In a press release today the club said that Conklin under-performed and that was the reasoning behind him being released, however sources tell ATF that it was a cost cutting move as this week is the deadline for import’s contracts to be fully guaranteed for the remainder of the season.

This is the second time that Townsville have released a league MVP the year after taking out the award. In 2010 the Corey Williams won the league MVP and the following season was released by the Crocs. Homicide went on to sign with the Melbourne Tigers.

The internet is not short of any rumours with scenarios where Conklin ends up in Illawarra, New Zealand or even Adelaide. But as Conklin was only told this morning unfortunately none of these rumours have any traction (yet).

The question is now – Who do the Crocs sign?

Fans are asking for Al Harrington, however the club has said in a press conference today that they are not in any rush to find a replacement and it could take weeks. Head coach Shawn Dennis has almost ruled out bringing back any local to fill in Conklin’s position, saying there is a 98% chance they will be signing an import, not a local.

One thing is for sure, fans and players were shocked and unhappy over the announcement today

 

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59 comments
Brian Young
Brian Young

Maybe you could point Bevo in the direction of Christian Boyle, Daniel Muller. We could do with someone that can dunk on Bogut...

Anoush Jay Sansom
Anoush Jay Sansom

Bizarre decision. They must really be in financial strife if they are doing this!

Brad Clark
Brad Clark

Ricky Jones is probably available Adam 'HP' McFarlane

Dwayne Gadsby
Dwayne Gadsby

Cut someone else to fit him in, never cut a mvp player that has a huge impact on and off the court. Go play for the breakers and get a ring on that finger haha

Daniel Muller
Daniel Muller

Lol trading up,signing 12 guys isn't the way it works. Instead of wanting to sign a 2nd import,and suggesting we get rid of laz or Cody to do so just sit and watch what each player does. Back the boys

Jim Tsilavis
Jim Tsilavis

As per the the above comments by and the foul net. As good as? On and off the court? With the same budget? The answer is simple NO F_ cking way!

Daniel Muller
Daniel Muller

And we already have 2 of those as well,who goes?

Tim Henderson
Tim Henderson

Trading up!!! He has a lot more to offer than Cody and larry just an option need someone like that to make a push For a championship. Plus bevo said at the start of the season he would like to sign like 12 blokes and just pick a squad of 10 each week to play so that way no one needs to be cut

Tim Henderson
Tim Henderson

Why you think that Daniel Muller is it cause of cash

Clint Morris
Clint Morris

Crocs can't afford conklin...? - we'll find out soon enough if they get anyone of note

Thomas Green
Thomas Green

Crocs just clearing room to make a play at the Rot

Thomas Green
Thomas Green

yea I would assume he'd head straight back to the States?

Thomas Green
Thomas Green

Lachlan McPherson, obviously very unlikely I assume, but the hawks could do a lot worse than sign Conklin for a contract for the rest of the year as our 2nd import if he can hang around in Australia

Marc Chewy Higginson
Marc Chewy Higginson

Maybe they might sign homicide Williams. His already here and has told his Lebanon team he isn't coming back. I don't think it's true but just putting it out there.

Jennie-Lee Gardiner
Jennie-Lee Gardiner

Hubby and I have been long time fans and members but we won't be back next year. Regardless of this Conklin fiasco we had decided not to renew or continue our support once the season draw was released. We paid our money before the draw - BIG MISTAKE. Our basketball is supposed to be our summer weekend entertainment but now we're hauling ass across town on Wednesday & Thursday nights to watch games we don't even have the energy to concentrate on. Complete waste of time. Besides, the only reason the NBL came up with a rescue package for the crocs was because Brisbane weren't ready to enter the league. If Brisbane had been ready there wouldn't have been a deal. Now that Brisbane have announced for the 16/17 season we're definitely out.

Brodie Youd
Brodie Youd

Jumping to conclusions, over it... If Cowboys went and released Thurston, would Townsville not go watch them? No, what's the difference

Alfonso Fusco
Alfonso Fusco

And makes me question why in the first place again .... Anyways it's been made Nothing gonna change that decision Just wish him a mind his family a safe and prosperous future

Joe Darmanin
Joe Darmanin

Didn't think i seen anything about money thanks Brodie Youd

Brodie Youd
Brodie Youd

Saying they don't have replacement I find that in some way respectful cause it wasn't a plan in the making, an extremely hard decision

Brodie Youd
Brodie Youd

Gloria I just read statement again, doesn't mention cost cut nor money?

Alfonso Fusco
Alfonso Fusco

Without having an immediate replacement? To "save" a season I'd like to know when / who and where

Kay Tudehope
Kay Tudehope

The bigger clubs have made these calls numerous times in the past! It sucks that it happened to Brian because he's a legend bloke and great player

George Raptis
George Raptis

I still don't understand how Jumbo Jett didn't get the chop instead?

Brad T-Peezy Kelly
Brad T-Peezy Kelly

Yep some things never change unfortunately. It's a shame they haven't learnt from past mistakes in this regard

Alfonso Fusco
Alfonso Fusco

So much for TRANSPARENCY and being a community based club.

Brad T-Peezy Kelly
Brad T-Peezy Kelly

Would you sack your best player and release an official statement blaming it on under performance and place on the ladder? No crowd = no funds. I don't know how they think replacing him will improve their position on the ladder. There's something else going on behind the scenes mate

Richard Jackson
Richard Jackson

He's useless. Got a couple of young aussies who can play guard and also be ineffective. You can never have too many quality Bigs

Kyle Bowman
Kyle Bowman

That's not the case mate. Would you as a club accept stats like his as the star import.

Clinton Gardiner
Clinton Gardiner

He was a perfect prospect to be another Redhage by getting naturalised. Oh well another screw up in the NBL is nothing new.

Tim Henderson
Tim Henderson

Totally different position plus kings are very light on good guards already

Alfonso Fusco
Alfonso Fusco

Not likely And once again shows that to make such a decision and not to have an immediate replacement is just unbelievable ..... Would NZ, Perth, or even Melbourne make such a crucial decision in such a manner? I doubt it I'm still in shock that this is the "official" story

James Wilson
James Wilson

If they can't afford Conklin they have no chance of getting him

Brad T-Peezy Kelly
Brad T-Peezy Kelly

Yeah it appears something else is going on considering the official press release. I'd say cost cutting and possible last season