NEWLY-signed McDonald’s Geelong Supercats guard Jack Duck says his transition into the club has been made easier by the presence of his sister, star Lady Supercat Alex.
After 139 games in six seasons with fellow SEABL club Albury-Wodonga- which included the Bandits’ 2012 championship successs- Duck has decided to also follow his sibling’s path and migrate south.
“I was looking for a bit of a change,” Duck told Supercats.com.au
“Having my sister down there obviously had an impact on my decision.”
The 22-year-old is also looking forward to improving his game with the help of some star veterans.
“Learning from guys like Nick Owusu and Nathan Herbert will be massive for me as they have been great players for a number of years,” Duck said.
“Hopefully we can get the result that the boys have been looking for in the last few years.”
Playing mainly in a back-up role at the Bandits, Duck has averaged 5.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.9 assists across his career.
“I realise I’m not a guy that will come out and score 20 points a game, but hopefully I can play my role well enough to help the team,” he said.
“All I need to concentrate on is defence and knocking down an open shot, this team is talented enough to do the rest.
“I’ll bring some youth to the team and will be ready to listen and learn from the more experienced guys on the team.”
Duck, who is studying teaching at Victoria University in Footsrcay, won’t have to wait long to come up against his former team, with Geelong to host Albury-Wodonga at the Arena on ANZAC Day.
“Playing the Bandits for the first time will be very strange for me,” he said.
“It’s a team I grew up watching and cheering for and a team that I’ve played with for six seasons. Saying this, the game will be very competitive and I look forward to going up against my mates in blue – and can’t wait to beat them.”
The McDonald’s Geelong Supercats and Lady Supercats open their 2015 seasons with a home clash against rivals Ballarat on April 11.