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Steindl up for another year with Crocs

The Townsville Crocodiles continue to put together the building blocks of their roster, re-signing Clint Steindl on a one-year contract. Prior to last season, head coach Shawn Dennis drove to Mackay to talk to Steindl about joining the Crocodiles, initiating a relationship that sparked a strong loyalty to the club: “I really wanted to come back and take another step in my game under SD. He’s put a lot of confidence in me and as a player it definitely helps when your coach does that because you can go out there and be aggressive,” said Steindl. “I can’t wait to get stuck back into it again, and be with the Crocs for another season.” Steindl embarks on his second year with the club, and is looking forward to improving on his 2014/15 average of 9.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game: “Last season I started off great, I was playing a lot of minutes and getting a lot of production. Hopefully I can build on that this season. Seeing my minutes go up, statistically, numbers will go out as well.” While head coach Dennis and newly-appointed assistant coach Sam Gruggen continue to add to the roster, the swingman realises there is a big opportunity to step up with the departure of the NBL’s Most Improved Player Todd Blanchfield: “We saw how well Todd played last year and it’s left a big hole. There are points to be scored, there are rebounds to be grabbed, and I can see myself continuing on from my form last year and continue building. I feel as though I can fulfill that role,” said Steindl. “I was thinking back to when I was at college and coach [Randy] Bennett would put me on their best backcourt player and that was something that I liked. I started to thrive in that position, and I think I gained a lot of confidence in knowing that if I can stop someone and go down the other end and score as well, it just adds another element to my game.” Steindl attended Saint Mary’s College of California, playing for the Gaels alongside current Cleveland Cavaliars star Matt Dellavedova and new teammate Mitch Young, before joining the Cairns Taipans in his NBL debut. “I always seem to start trends! I go to Mary’s and Delly and Mitch follow me, I go to Cairns and Mitch follows, now I’m at Townsville and he’s following me again! “Mitch is going to fit in really well here. He’s tough defensively, and won’t back down from anyone. It’s always good to have players you’ve played with before, because you understand how they play and it’s not hard to pick up those understandings again.” Steindl joins Young, Mitch Norton and Leon Henry on Townsville’s 2015/16 player roster.
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