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Leon Henry re-signs with the Crocs

The Townsville Crocodiles have today announced the re-signing of Leon Henry for the 2015/16 season, joining Mitch Young and Mitch Norton on their growing roster. Henry averaged 5.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in the 2014/15 season, and head coach Shawn Dennis is anticipating more from the forward this year: “I see a much bigger role for Leon next season. He is a versatile player that can play different positions – he can play in the three and the four spot but also be disruptive defensively,” said Dennis. “He’s now got a year with the Townsville Crocodiles under his belt and knows what the club is about, knows the team and he knows what I expect of him.” Henry not only continued to improve his game in his fourth NBL season, but made sure he had just as much impact off the court: “It goes for any team, but as a community club it is fantastic that Leon is always out in there and going the extra mile for our fans,” said Dennis. “He’s unbelievable with the kids, the Townsville community have really embraced him and he’s just great for the club all round.” The 29-year old is just as pleased to ink another one-year deal with the Crocodiles: “The Townsville fans definitely played a part in this. There’s nothing better than being able to return to a club that know you as a player and want to support you,” said Henry. “Over the season I feel like I earned more respect on the court and this year Shawn is looking to giving me a bigger role, so hopefully I can repay him in the way I perform.” The Auckland native is spending the off-season playing in New Zealand’s NBL and recovering from a serious facial fracture he sustained during a game in April: “I recently had surgery because I broke my face in three places – the eye socket, the cheekbone and the bone underneath my temple,” said Henry. “The bones have basically fully healed to what it was before, the only difference is now I have five screws and a plate holding it together!” Henry has already returned to play for the Wellington Saints, however is looking forward to making the Townsville Entertainment Centre his new home: “I’ve played against the Crocodiles at the Swamp before, but I’ve never played for them at the Swamp,” said Henry. “It’s going to be great to finally represent the team at their old stomping grounds next season.”
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