Mitch Creek re-signs with Adelaide 36ers

ON THE BALL: Mitch Creek, right, fights against Wildcat Jesse Wagstaff in the NBL grand final series last month. Creek has signed a new deal with the team. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

ON THE BALL: Mitch Creek, right, fights against Wildcat Jesse Wagstaff in the NBL grand final series last month. Creek has signed a new deal with the team. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

HORSHAM basketball product Mitch Creek has signed a new deal with the NBL’s Adelaide 36ers.

Creek’s previous one-year deal with the team expired at the end of the NBL grand final series last month, which the 36ers lost to the Perth Wildcats.

His new deal is for two years, with an option for a third year.

Creek is coming off a career-best season in which he averaged 7.7 points a game on 49.7 per cent field goal shooting, and 3.8 rebounds per game.

He is currently playing with fellow Horsham basketballer Shane McDonald with the SEABL’s Nunawading Spectres during winter.

Creek said he was happy to be back with the 36ers.

“I see myself as a 36er and I want to be part of the club’s future success – I couldn’t be happier,” he said.

The contract is a sign of faith by the 36ers following Creek’s successful return from a ruptured achilles tendon.

Creek faced long and gruelling rehabilitation after surgery in December 2012, and was only offered a one-year contract by the team for last season.

He said he was looking forward to a full and injury-free pre-season.

“Just to play this season was a privilege and to be healthy throughout it was very lucky,” he said. 

“Just getting back to playing is one thing, but contributing is still another, and I think I did both.

“I’m happy with what I did this year, but the good thing is I get a healthy off-season to make myself even better for next season.”

Adelaide general manager Dean Parker said the club was thrilled to secure a new deal with Creek.

“Mitch has become a fan favourite very quickly and the club is excited to have a person of his character and ability as part of our club,” he said.

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