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Crocodiles add young gun guards Djeric and Maynard

The Townsville Crocodiles have added two more pieces to their roster puzzle, re-signing Mirko Djeric and acquiring former Cairns Taipan Corey Maynard. The two guards recently played together for the Emerging Boomers at the World University Games and bring Townsville’s line-up to nine, leaving one import spot open for their 2015/16 NBL campaign. Corey Maynard, 23, joins the club after spending his rookie year with the north Queensland rivals. While the Snakes reached the Grand Final, Maynard played just 19 games with limited minutes, sustaining an unfortunate thumb injury in January that cut his NBL debut short. “Being my first year in the NBL and not playing much, and then getting injured obviously wasn’t ideal. It was frustrating not being able to play or travel as the team got towards the Finals,” said Maynard. “However as a rookie it taught me a lot, and we went on to win the minor premiership while I got to focus on my rehabilitation. It was a great learning curve and now I get to bring experiences from Cairns to the Crocs this year.” Maynard is set to support the Crocodile’s backcourt along with combo-guard Mirko Djeric, who signs up for his third season with the club. “I’m itching to get back up to Townsville and begin our training. Last year was definitely a learning for us all because we just weren’t consistent enough to make the play-offs,” said Djeric. “I think what Shawn [Dennis] is aiming for this team is balance, he’s bought in Luke Schenscher and Brian Conklin is returning. Mixing them in with young, fresh energy will help us be so much more competitive this season.” The 20-year old registered 2.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game last season, and is looking to make an impact this year, beginning with the 2015 NBL Blitz. “I’ve got a couple of years under my belt now and this season I’ll definitely be focusing on consistency, more playing time and just contributing overall to the group,” he said. “We’ve got hosting rights to the Blitz in September and it’s going to be a huge for Townsville. We’ll get the crowds back into it, give them a taste of basketball and hopefully it will be a catalyst for their support throughout the season.” Djeric and Maynard are due in Townsville early August when their official pre-season training begins.
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