Gary Wilkinson confirms Breakers departure
Sun, 01 Jul 2012 12:10a.m.
Breakers star and two-time ANBL champion Gary Wilkinson has announced he will be leaving the franchise after signing a one-year deal with Estonian Champions BC Kalev/Cramo.
Wilkinson, who played an integral part in the Breakers back-to-back title wins, has been expecting his departure for some time as young New Zealand centre, and team mate, Alex Pledger has been promised a starting role next season.
However the fan-favourite told APNZ in April he was happy to hand the reins over to Pledger.
"Obviously I've got a lot of years playing in me and if they see Chief [Pledger] as their future then we just have to see how that is going to work. I am more than happy to watch Chief flourish because he deserves it.
"I would love to have a three-peat, but it's a matter of where the organisation is headed and where I fit into the whole scheme of things. With the Chief making huge strides, I would bank on him in the future.''
Wilkinson joins countryman Anthony Nelson on a largely Estonian roster. His new club does have one thing in common with the Breakers - they, too, are back-to-back winners of their domestic league.
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