With Gruber tossed, Wollongong call back Rhys Martin
|Steve Chalmers||Oct 30, 2014|
Yesterday the Wollongong Hawks announced that they would release forward Dave Gruber, after the team had slumped to a 1-5 record which includes a current five game slide.
While Gruber was 'shattered' and had this to say:
“It was definitely a surprise to me. I’m sure it wasn’t an easy decision for anyone, but the decision was made to make changes to the team and someone had to go”
It was the Hawks management who had the hardest decision to make:
''The decision was not an easy one for the club and was made after a thorough review process and careful consideration of all the possible alternatives for the remainder of the 2014/15 season and beyond,'' - Wollongong Hawks General Manager Kim Welch
As the Hawks were looking to revitalise their season, they reached out to former guard Rhys Martin and agreed to terms on signing.
Martin was not re-signed over the off-season as he was looking to pursue a European contract, however was unsuccessful in his attempt. Now, with the Hawks on the ropes, it was a simple decision for Rhys to return and help the team for season 2014/15.
“Rhys brings the knowledge and experience needed to our backcourt to challenge and compete with the leading clubs, and I want to ensure we do all we can as a club to give ourselves the best opportunity to compete with the league’s best.'' - Welch
Last season, Martin averaged nine points, three assists and just over three rebounds. This time around, he'll be sharing minutes with the Wollongong's two new imports Jahii Carson and Gary Ervin as the three guards will be running the show.
It will be interesting to see how coach Gordie McLeod utilises all of his back-court players and whether or not he will see an immediate improvement or a long term improvement.
Wollongong face a difficult home/road double this weekend as they face both Perth and Melbourne.