Hungry Jack's NBL
Breakers welcome home Rob Loe
The New Zealand Breakers have added another piece to their roster for the 2016/17 NBL season, with the signing of North Shore native Rob Loe. Loe returns the the club as well as the region he spent his formative years - attending Westlake Boys High School alongside Corey Webster, Tom Abercrombie and Kirk Penney and going through the development programme at the Breakers. [ooyala code="loYjM3NDE6BG1uHQ5MDaf-Sx1FfBJaPl" player_id="d5b993422b3e4b5ebd61f9e19ca2a6a5" width="1920" height="1080" auto="true"] Standing at 211cm, Loe is equally as comfortable shooting the three as he is mixing it with the tall timber in the paint, offering Henare options in the four and five spots. He has has the potential for the Breakers to go ‘big’ with Loe able to partner 7 foot centre Alex Pledger on the floor. Henare is delighted to have secured such a quality local player. “I think as a Tall Black and as a Kiwi, you always keep tabs on guys careers and how they are playing out. "Rob has played professionally in Europe for the past two seasons and my involvement with the Tall Blacks means I am talking to him often about his goals and his form. “When I got the Breakers role he was someone who I thought could help our team and our club. "The bonus is he has come through our junior programme, he is local and a Kiwi. They are all a bonus material to me, but the fact is he is a very good, experienced player will help our group straight away.” Henare says the addition of Loe will make the Breakers harder to scout and adds variety to the offensive looks his team can generate. “He is a bit different, I really like the mix in terms of the ‘bigs’ we are putting together, with Pledge in the centre position and with Mika of course, but Rob is a genuine shooting big which we haven’t had since Gary Wilkinson played for the club. "They allow you to do different things offensively. The other thing I like about Rob is his basketball IQ is very high - he is a good passer, good decision maker and defensively he plays very well. He is a solid reliable guy who will always do a good job for you.” Loe has spent the past two seasons in Greece and Belgium, and is looking forward to returning home. “Every winter I come home for two or three days so it will be good to come home and play for the Breakers," said Loe. "I played one year with Tom [Abercrombie] and two with Corey [Webster] so it will be cool to be back on the old stomping grounds. All credit is owed to the Breakers - they helped with my development and it will definitely be good to be back." Loe will join the Breakers once his national team duties are complete.