Hungry Jack's NBL
Cairns Taipans release Cameron Tragardh
The CQ University Cairns Taipans today released forward Cameron Tragardh from his playing contract effective immediately. The club notified Tragardh of the decision yesterday and will meet its payment obligations as required under all standard NBL player contracts. Taipans chief executive Mark Beecroft said: “It is with regret that we are releasing one of our longest serving current players in Cameron Tragardh. “The decision was a difficult one that came after very careful consideration of the Taipans’ roster balance, but it was deemed necessary as the club moves in another direction. “We thank Cameron for his service at the club, and wish him well in his future playing career.” Tragardh said: “The club has decided to go in a different direction and I respect their decision. It's been a fantastic four years with many highlights, none bigger than the record-setting Grand Final year.” “I wish the club the best moving forward and would like to thank the members, sponsors and fans for the love and support I've received here in Cairns." Tragardh joined the Taipans in 2012 as one of the league’s premier post scorers, quickly establishing himself as a fan favourite at the Cairns Convention Centre. Tragardh was among the Taipans’ best the following season until an ankle injury derailed his campaign, however his work off the court that year earned him the club’s Commitment to Community and Members’ Choice awards for 2013-14. He was a weapon off the bench in the Taipans’ 2015 NBL finals run, and was named the league’s Best Sixth Man with averages of 12.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in 22 minutes per game. Tragardh’s 99 games for the Taipans ranks 11th all-time. He is now classified as a free agent and free to pursue playing opportunities elsewhere.