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Superstar Returns to Auckland

The EnviroNZ Franklin Bulls are pleased to announce that New Zealand basketball superstar Corey Webster has committed to play for the EnviroNZ Franklin Bulls for the 2022 Sal’s NBL season.

Corey Webster has had a glittering basketball career on the court over the past decade plus, always proudly representing New Zealand and his hometown Auckland. And now, for the first time since 2016, Corey will play in the Sal’s NBL for an Auckland-based franchise.

Head Coach Morgan Maskell is well aware of the impact this signing has, saying “securing Corey’s services is not only huge for our franchise, but is huge for the fans in the wider New Zealand basketball community. It goes without saying that Corey is a massive addition to our group and that he is one of the most dynamic talents that our country has ever produced; it certainly makes my job a lot easier!”

“Corey is one of the great New Zealand basketball players in the middle of an elite career. He has many years of high level basketball ahead of him, and we’re excited to have him back in Auckland for this time. His mentorship and experience will be fantastic for our younger players,” added Coach Maskell.

Playing in Auckland is an exciting prospect for Webster; “It will be great to play in front of Auckland fans again! It has been a while since I’ve played at home so I’m looking forward to it!”

Currently playing for Al Ittihad in the Egyptian Basketball League, basketball has taken Webster all over the world. New Zealand fans will know him most for his time with the New Zealand Breakers which include 3 Australian NBL Championships and an All-NBL Second Team selection in 2016.

Previously Webster has played for Wellington Saints where he has won 3 Sal’s NBL Championships, 2 Sal’s NBL MVP titles, 2 Sal’s NBL All Star Five selections, and a scoring title. Webster debuted in the Sal’s NBL in 2009 playing two seasons for his hometown North Harbour Heat after dominating the New Zealand junior scene in the 2000s with North Harbour and Westlake Boys High School.

Webster has had a 14 year Tall Black career after debuting in 2008 and most recently was one of the leading scorers in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

“There’s nothing greater in sports than representing your country, I have been fortunate to do this on the biggest stage and hope to inspire younger generations to do the same,” says Webster.

Webster knows the impact he will be able to have on his younger, less experienced teammates and is looking forward to the experience.

“I joined the Bulls because it’s an opportunity to play at home again, and to give back to basketball in New Zealand and the younger generation of players. Giving back to younger players is important to me, I was fortunate to work with some of New Zealand’s greats when I was younger which helped me become the player I am. I think now is my time to start doing the same. I’m looking forward to playing alongside some of New Zealand’s young up and coming players and connecting with New Zealand fans again”, added Webster.

General Manager, Scott Kelso is excited for the South Auckland/Franklin Community. “Having Corey play in Pukekohe is a dream come true. He is someone whose skill and talent allows us to keep our team local. All kiwis. As long as we stay healthy this could be a fully kiwi, Auckland based team. I’m excited by what this group can do and I know our fans will get behind them!

The EnviroNZ Franklin Bulls play their first home game on May 7 against the Southland Sharks. Season tickets still available for a limited time.

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