The New Zealand Breakers have just made one of their biggest signings with news that seven-foot tall centre Alex Pledger has confirmed his allegiance with the club.
Pledger has committed to a three year deal with the club, one that will see him join long term team mates Mika Vukona, Tom Abercrombie and Corey Webster in forming the spine of a roster that head coach Paul Henare says will be contending for another NBL championship.
"Alex will play a huge part in our fortunes over the next three years, he was the only big I was after, he knows this club, lives and breathes our values and will only go on to dominate even more with a strong off-season under his belt," said Henare.
"He is the sort of player we can build a team around, I am delighted to announce his signing in the face of fierce opposition for his signature, we don't take anyone for granted at this club, let alone 'the Chief'."
Pledger spoke of his delight in securing his immediate future, a decision.
"The key for me in committing to a new deal was having Dillon and Pauli on board as GM and head coach, it feels to me like there is a renewed energy at the club, which is something I am keen to be a part of," said Pldeger.
"I admit though to sitting on the fence for a few days wondering what I was doing, Bailee (Alex's partner) said to me 'flip a coin' – heads for breakers, tails for another team – and there were others chasing pretty hard."
The man known as Chief or Pledge also points out that this is not about comfort zones, far from it, he believes there is plenty to come from the club and from himself personally.