A marquee player signing for the North Gold Coast Seahawks
Basketball Association & Queensland State League, former Australian
Boomer and NBL veteran Rhys Martin is joining the Nest on a 1-year contract.
Having played 274 NBL games for the Wollongong Hawks and Brisbane Bullets, Martin has achieved many benchmarks in the Sport. 2x NBL Grand Final appearances, 3x QBL State championships with the Southern Districts Spartans 05’, Rockhampton 08’, Mackay Meteors 12’ and a 4x QBL All Star 5 member (2008 – 2011). Martin won the last National championship with the Rockhampton Rockets before the format was abandoned. The new NBL1 season will see a return to the National Final but a new challenge is more exciting to the former winner.
“I’ve played for many state associations over my career but never have I contributed to a side achieving their goals at playing at the highest level. My job has been to come in and lead a team. The opportunity to help guide some of the talent at the Seahawks with the prospect of the Club moving in to the next tier is something I want to contribute to if only in a playing capacity.”
Having previously filled the position within the Seahawks organisation as the Basketball Operations Manager, Martin is well known within the association and the opportunity to continue to give back was a huge draw card for the point guard from Brisbane.
Martin added “The Club and coaches understand my commitments and I cannot thank them enough. With the Covid shutdown, I chose to pursue another field and so I’m excited to be back playing basketball. Being an Illawarra Hawk for a decade, I see the value in sporting teams in the community and the discussions with Dwayne and the direction he sees the club moving, I can only throw my support behind him and his cause. The Gold Coast is a fantastic place to live and raise a family and a big part of that is sport.”
“We are incredibly lucky to have Rhys as part of our Senior Men’s program this upcoming
season” said General Manager Dwayne Vale.
“There isn’t much Rhys hasn’t seen on a basketball court and with this sort of experience, the team will not only have the premier point guard in the QSL competition, but our junior players of the squad will also benefit from having Rhys as a leader within the program.”
“We know Rhys has turned down NBL1 offers from other clubs and we couldn’t be happier he wants to be a Seahawk.”