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Bubbles back for United, and more

WORLD Cup Boomers swingman Chris Goulding will be back in a Melbourne United uniform in the 2015-16 NBL season.

Goulding, who had a 50-point game for the Melbourne Tigers in 2013-14 before pursuing his career in Spain, is expected to join import Stephen Holt, Todd Blanchfield (ex-Townsville), Daniel Kickert and reigning NBL MVP Brian Conklin as United's starting quintet.

Townsville has conceded losing Conklin, who spent two great years with the Crocs and was considering Europe before United's offer landed.

MVP: Brian Conklin is United-bound, here saying his farewells to Anthony Petrie

The potential starting lineup has plenty of firepower for new coach Dean Demopoulos and his assistant Mike Kelly, already putting Melbourne into playoff calculations.

Holt and Goulding in the backcourt, Blanchfield at small forward, with Conklin and Kickert could be scary good.

Goulding's Boomers debut last year included a 22-point game against Angola.


MEANWHILE the Crocs already have signed Mitch Young (Cairns) and also are expected to shortly reveal they have picked up Nick Kay, a 206cm Aussie centre/power forward who is graduating from Metropolitan State University in Denver.

KAY-MAN: Nicholas Kay in action for Metro State

Kay finished his MSU career ranked second in school history for made free throws (449), games played (114) and minutes (3,969), third in free throws attempted (578) and games started (114), fourth in rebounds (863) and field goals made (637), fifth in points (1,766); sixth in field goals attempted (1,275), ninth in blocked shots (77), 10th in steals (173), 13th in points per game (13.4) and rebounds per game (6.5) and 15th in assists (203).

Originally from Tamworth, Kay put together a stellar college career and will be a big coup for the Crocodiles.


THE Adelaide 36ers have not been as idle as it would appear either, the club hoping soon to confirm returns for starting pair Adam Gibson and Anthony Petrie.

They will join Daniel Johnson and Mitch Creek, with former Warrnambool Seahawk, Wyoming University, Ballarat Miners and Cairns Taipans guard Nathan Sobey also on the new roster.

Sobey, 24 and 193cm, had solid numbers at the NCAA Div.1 school, starting in all 33 games of his senior year and averaging 9.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

COWBOY NATE: Nathan Sobey at Wyoming

After cracking Cairns' 10 when Corey Maynard was hurt last season, Sobey showed enough to suggest he could have an impact in the right program.

An athletic slasher who is inately tough - just the way Sixers coach Joey Wright likes them - he will bring decent size and a requisite amount of hunger to an Adelaide team needing a youthful injection.

Jun 11

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