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Penney returns to Breakers

NZN 11/04/2016

Five years after he last played for the Breakers, Tall Blacks guard Kirk Penney has signed a three-year deal with his hometown club.

Penney, 35, turned out last season for the Illawarra Hawks, averaging over 20 points per game in their run to the semi-finals where they were beaten by eventual champions Perth Wildcats.

He last played for the Breakers in 2011, leading them to their first Australian NBL title before moving to Europe.

Breakers coach and former teammate Paul Henare says Penney's signing is a major coup for the club.

"Kirk is one of the game's premier scorers, as was seen last season with a standout season for Illawarra," he said.

"He has always been a player to look after himself and it is that professional attitude and work ethic that will be of huge benefit to us on court, but also in bringing leadership qualities off court."

Henare says Penney's arrival gives the Breakers a back court with firepower, boasting a range of scoring threats from outside which also includes Corey Webster and Tom Abercrombie.

"We all know of Kirk's scoring class and ability as a basketballer, but he brings so much to this group and to us as a club.

"I played alongside him and marvelled at what he can do with a basketball. It will be a pleasure to coach him over these next three years," Henare said.

Another former teammate, Dillon Boucher, is now general manager with the Breakers and played a key role in securing Penney's signature.

Penney's addition takes the playing roster for next season to five with Abercrombie, Webster, Mika Vukona and Alex Pledger already signed.

Penney represented New Zealand at the 2002 world championships at Indianapolis when the Tall Blacks finished fourth, and at the 2004 Sydney Olympics.

After a brief stint in the NBA for the Miami Heat in 2003, Penney has since played professionally in Spain, the NBA Development League, Israel, Lithuania, Germany and Turkey.

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