26 Apr 2012

Breakers can't compete for import players in dollar terms

11:26 am on 26 April 2012

The New Zealand Breakers boss Richard Clarke says the franchise might not be able to offer their star import players the big money on offer in the States and Europe, but says the club has a lot of appeal in other areas.

Popular American import Gary Wilkinson has been a key part of the club's back to back NBL titles and Cedric Jackson, who has NBA aspirations, has been a huge asset in his first year with the Breakers.

Clarke says Wilkinson and Cedric know they are wanted by the franchise and it's a matter of working with them on what their overall goals are.

He says while they can't compete with the kind of money clubs from Europe and the States can offer, he says players enjoy the family feel of the franchise and the lifestyle Auckland offers.

Clarke says the first priority is to sign up local players over the next few weeks before they turn their attention to their American imports.