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    OP to be updated as news comes to hand.

    Still contracted:
    Nathan Jawai - exercised option
    Kuany Kuany

    Confirmed signings:
    Mike Kelly [Head Coach] - 2 years
    Jamie O'Loughlin [Assistant Coach] - 2 years
    Alex Loughton - 1 year?
    Lucas Walker - 1 year?
    Rob Loe - 2 years
    Jarrod Kenny - 2 years
    Dexter Kernich-Drew - 1 year
    DJ Newbill - 1 year
    Mitch Young - 1 year
    Melo Trimble - 1 year
    Devon Hall - 1 year
    Cody Ellis - injury replacement for Lucas Walker (~6 weeks)

    Off Contract and/ or unsigned:
    Nnanna Egwu
    Scoochie Smith
    Jerry Evans Jr.
    Damon Heuir

    Gone:
    Aaron Fearne
    Cam Gliddon
    Mitch McCarron
    Stevie Weigh (retired)
    Jarrad Weeks
    Last edited by miracle.touch; 06-09-2018 at 05:05 PM. Reason: Cody Ellis signed
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    Quote Originally Posted by miracle.touch View Post
    OP to be updated as news comes to hand.

    Still contracted:
    Nathan Jawai - exercised option
    Kuany Kuany

    Confirmed signings:
    TBA

    Off Contract and/ or unsigned:
    Nnanna Egwu
    Scoochie Smith
    Jerry Evans Jr.
    Alex Loughton
    Jarrad Weeks
    Damon Heuir

    Gone:
    Aaron Fearne
    Cam Gliddon
    Mitch McCarron
    Stevie Weigh (retired)
    Would the club fold?
    OMFG this is for Real!!!! * Shocked *

    Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by itslef but the wrod as a wlohe.

    TFRENBAA

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2sc945 View Post
    Would the club fold?
    I see no reason why that would happen.
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    Mike Kelly signed as head coach for 2 years: http://www.taipans.com/news/article/...come-to-cairns

    I especially like this bit...

    "Im looking forward to working closely with Mark [Beecroft] and recruiting a talented, up-tempo team that Cairns will be proud of."
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    Quote Originally Posted by miracle.touch View Post
    I see no reason why that would happen.
    Not a good sign when the best players and the head coach all chose to leave.
    OMFG this is for Real!!!! * Shocked *

    Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by itslef but the wrod as a wlohe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2sc945 View Post
    Not a good sign when the best players and the head coach all chose to leave.
    I look at that from another angle.

    The head coach didn't choose to leave, that was the boards decision.
    McCarron did not leave to play for another NBL club, but to further his career overseas, so that point is moot.
    That really only leaves Gliddon. Depending on where he ends up, it could just be a case of wanting to move closer to home.

    Hardly rats deserting a sinking ship, IMO.
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    OP updated:

    - Loughzy re-signed
    - Waxy signed
    - Weeksy gone to NZ
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    Starting to look like an interesting team. The one thing that Mike Kelly said that got my attention was "...we're gonna have fun!"
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    The rumours have been confirmed... Jarrod Kenny signing for 2.
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    And now Jamie P gone from the coaching ranks. New broom...
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    DJ Newbill signed!
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    The thing is now more than ever it feels like the chances of a Wollongong or Cairns title win are the slimmest they've been, and going forward will just get even more difficult. Not sure where the big cash injections for these regional sides will come from to be able to compete. Gliddon and McCarron, Norton and Kay. Prime examples of what the landscape will be going forward I feel.
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    Mitch Young & Jamie O'Loughlin added.
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    Melo Trimble signed, sounds like he could be a very good get!
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    Add Devon Hall into the mix, and things are starting to look very interesting. Can't wait!
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    You're right, Gordon. That's an excellent trio of imports right there!
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    Cody Ellis brought in to cover for Lucas Walker who has had ankle surgery.
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    Mike Kelly pretty much nailing the blueprint on how you put together a team which may not have the huge budget of others. Lock down quality imports who can shoot the ball, alongside veteran locals and winning role players. At least have a team which, if theyre on, they can beat anyone on any given night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miracle.touch View Post
    Cody Ellis brought in to cover for Lucas Walker who has had ankle surgery.
    Would love Ellis to torch Illawarra in round 2 haha
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