27 May 2015

Abercrombie re-commits to Breakers

2:52 pm on 27 May 2015

The New Zealand Breakers have re-signed swingman Tom Abercrombie on a three year deal.

Upon signing, Abercrombie hinted he may finish his career playing for the club.

"This decision cements that I would love to be a Breaker for my whole career.

"This was a tough decision with options overseas but ultimately I wanted to be home and continue to build on what I have achieved as a Breaker in the last seven years," he said.

Tom Abercrombie

Tom Abercrombie Photo: PHOTOSPORT

"My wife and I are looking forward to continuing our life in New Zealand, starting a family and being surrounded by family and friends. I'm very appreciative of the opportunities I still have to experience short-term contracts after the season in Europe, as I have this year in Spain, and I feel very lucky to have these opportunities to continue to develop my game and bring back these skills to the club."

The Breakers coach Dean Vickerman said he has retained a hugely significant part of the team and a great role model for others to aspire to.

"Tom leads the Breakers in professionalism and is a great example to others of how to give yourself the best possible opportunity to play to your potential every game.

"Last season, Tom battled through injury and really only got his body close to 100% late in the season which contributed greatly to the team sweeping the post-season - that was no coincidence.

"Tom shot a career high 47% from the three point line this year. With Cedric Jackson already signed, Tom brings a skill set that complements the guard line and Cedric's abilities with the ball in hand, " said Vickerman.

Abercrombie's signing brings to seven the number of contracted players at the club, with the versatile swingman joining Cedric Jackson, Reuben Te Rangi, Mika Vukona, Duane Bailey, Alex Pledger and Tai Wesley in returning to suit up for last season's champions.

Abercrombie has just concluded a short-term contract in Spain with Gipuzkoa and will spend the next two weeks holidaying in Europe before returning home to prepare for the upcoming Tall Blacks build-up towards the Oceania Championships that doubles as qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.