Perhaps the worst kept secret in signing history, the Geelong Supercats are pleased to announce that local favourite Nathan Herbert will officially be returning to the SEABL line-up in 2013. He joins previously announced players and long time teammates Jamie Medved, Sebastian Loader and Nick Owusu as the core group for the Supercats.
Taking a year off from basketball after the 2011-2012 NBL season with the Adelaide 36ers, Herbert took the time to travel around Europe with his wife Sally. After returning to Geelong, he chose not to participate in the 2012/2013 NBL season and stay settled in Geelong, getting back to his day job as a nurse at the Geelong Hospital.
“I just needed a bit of a break from basketball. It was hard work getting back after my knee injury, and I missed home and wanted to spend some time with the family. I haven’t closed the door on the NBL – I’m definitely hoping to get another opportunity to play at that level next year,” said Herbert on his decision not to play NBL.
“The trip overseas was great, it was a break from basketball for my wife as much as it was for me – it was definitely tough not playing, I think if I had have stayed in Geelong for that three month period I would have suited up in SEABL in 2012 – I had to get out of the country to ensure I would have a real break!”
Having played for the Geelong Supercats since 2002 and coming up through the YMCA club as a junior with Basketball Geelong, it was a no-brainer that Nathan would always return to the SEABL team. A veteran of the game, Herbert has played over 200 games for the club. “I’m definitely looking forward to getting back on to the court with the guys. I’m feeling good, I’ve been training with the team during the week, and been back in the gym. It’s going to be a great season for us.”
Head coach Jamie O’Loughlin said it was a boost for the team to have Herbert back. “We’re really excited to have Nathan back, and he’s just busting at the seams to play again. To have a player of his ability and experience returning in 2013 is a huge gain for the team.”
“He’s always said that he would love to play for the Supercats til he physically can’t play anymore. Nathan is not only a great player but also a great club person,” said O’Loughlin.
The SEABL coach was optimistic about Herbert’s chances of breaking back into an NBL side after the SEABL season.
“Nathan is a really good player, a quality shooter with an ideal size and strength for NBL. He’s got those few years of experience and is coming into the prime years of his basketball career. I would imagine he will be pretty highly sought after if he wants to get back into NBL next year.”
With Nathan’s wife expecting their first child in March, the 28 year old is also looking forward to beginning a new chapter of basketball and fatherhood. “It’s a big change, I’m ready for that next part of my life and excited about becoming a father. The baby is due just before the start of the season, so let’s hope it’s a bit early and I won’t miss the first game!”