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Courtney Belger has agreed to play for the Kalamunda Eastern Suns for a third SBL season. Picture: DAVID HARRISON

Eastern Suns re-sign Courtney Belger

THE Kalamunda Eastern Suns have secured the return of star import Courtney Belger for the 2018 State Basketball League season.

In his second season with the Eastern Suns, Belger led the team in points, rebounds, assists and field goal percentage.

The dynamic American was a star of the SBL, making the most free throws and getting the most steals, on the back of being a starting-five all-star.

Eastern Suns head coach Michael Clarke said Belger was without doubt one of the best players in the league.

“Courtney is a tireless worker and the epitome of a professional athlete but, the icing on the cake, is just how coachable and humble he is,’’ he said.

“He is a team first guy and makes everyone around him better.”

Given the obvious importance of Belger to the continued improvement of the men’s programme, Clarke’s first priority, at the end of the Suns’ campaign, was to re-sign the talented point-guard.

Prior to departing Perth, for his next professional contract in Germany, Belger agreed to terms with the Kalamunda Eastern Suns to return for a third SBL season in 2018.

His retention will allow the men’s program to maintain its momentum and build on the foundation it has laid during the previous two seasons.

Clarke said stability and consistency were important to the club and Belger helped provide those things.

Members of the senior men’s squad will start individual pre-season shortly, with team pre-season due to start in January.

There will be no open tryouts this time around, as the group aims to hit the ground running and pick up from where it left off in 2017.

By David Harrison

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Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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