Webster ready to be a Breaker again
Fri, 31 Aug 2012 6:45p.m.
By Huw Beynon
The Breakers have confirmed Corey Webster has taken the last spot on their player roster, returning from a one-year suspension after a positive drugs test.
“It’s good to see mum and the family,” he says.
Webster's spent the last two months of his one-year ban training in China, but now he's ready to be a Breaker again.
“Changed a lot of things in my life around partying and that sort of thing and being around drinking, now I'm just making better choices as a person,” says Webster.
While he was getting back on track, the Breakers were busy winning a second championship.
“It was tough watching the games, especially when the team was doing so well. It was the hardest time of my life so far but I got through it.”
The 23-year-old also missed out on the Tall Blacks tour to South America where his 17-year-old brother Tai shone.
“He had some real good games, now all he's got to do is carry it on from there,” says Webster.
Tai has been scouted by American colleges and will attend the University of Nebraska after a season of development with the Breakers.
He says he has learnt from his brother Corey.
“Corey's taught me a lot about focus and he'll be the first one to get on me at training if I’m not performing or I’m mucking around, so yeah he's good to have around I guess.”
Tai was at school today so missed his brothers' second first session as a Breaker, but his sentiment was shared by coach Andrej Lemanis who's impressed by Corey’s turnaround.
“If it was a gamble we wouldn't be taking it,” says Lemanis.
“He's in fantastic shape, I could sense from him that he had made the changes necessary. He's had an awakening and sometimes it takes something like this.”
And it's not just Webster who's shed some pounds - CJ Bruton's lost some from the top of his head by cutting off his iconic dreads.
But hair or no hair he'll be keeping an eye on his returning team mate.
“What's done is done,” says Bruton.
“Don't look back, because you can't go back. All you can do is look forward, take what you've learned from that situation and move on.”
That’s advice that Webster seems to be taking on board.
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