'I've done a lot of growing as a person' – bad boy Corey Webster ready to give back to Breakers after getting second chance

Corey Webster has been the bad boy of the Breakers in the past, having been charged with assault and banned for drugs but now he's been given another chance.

The Kiwi NBL team is adamant he's grown up and learnt from his mistakes.

Webster's basketball talent undoubtedly helps win games, but new Breakers coach Kevin Braswell says his ability can make a team unbeatable.

"We won a championship before, but adding Corey Webster, who can get you out of tough situations when offensive isn't flowing, he's the reason we went undefeated."

Webster was part of Braswell's championship-winning Wellington Saints last year.

Now he's bringing him back to the Breakers on a three-year deal despite the point guard being dropped by the club a year ago after he was charged with assault.

"Obviously it didn't end the way I wanted it to, Webster said on his departure from the club last year.

"But I think now I've done a lot of growing as a person, as a man and I think I've got a lot to prove on and off the court."

On the court, Webster's been strong for the Tall Blacks and had an impressive season in Israel.

Braswell says the time away has helped.

"You get a lot of time to think about the mistakes that you've made and I think coming back he'll show people he's another Corey Webster.

"He's a very intelligent person he speaks very well - the things that he talks about is not always about basketball. He reads a lot of books, a very strategic thinker, I would say."

Part of the strategy behind Webster's homecoming involves being closer to his young son but it was helped when Perth allowed him an early release from his contract to do so.

"It was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to come back and prove to myself and to the people who support the club and all the fans.

"It is a little bit sooner than I expected but I believe now's the perfect timing for me to come back."

Webster signed a three-year deal despite being dropped a year ago when he was charged with assault. Source: 1 NEWS

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