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The Geelong Supercats SEABL Men have lost another young guard from their 2012 squad, with Nathan Freind announcing he will be returning to Western Australia after accepting a youth worker employment position with Ellenwood Secondary School in Perth.
Freind returned to his junior club of Geelong in 2011, after spending some years playing in Western Australia after his family moved there. Listed as one of three rookie players in 2011, he played the majority of the season with the Geelong Big V Youth League side but was also called up to the SEABL squad for 12 games to replace injured players.
Freind was the first player from the Rookie Program to be promoted to the SEABL squad permanently in 2012. He averaged 12 minutes, 3 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in 2012, providing a spark off the bench for the Supercats.
“I’m definitely sad to be leaving the Supercats, the team has really become like family to me, especially being away from my own family. The whole culture of the club is amazing, everyone gets along so well, it will be hard to say goodbye. The squad is looking really good this year too so it’s tough not to be playing with the guys, but I’m looking forward to new challenges with work.”
Nathan will move back to Perth, where his parents still live, at the end of February, and will be joined by his fiance in October. “I worked at the school (Ellenwood) before I moved back to Geelong, so when the opportunity came up for the Youth Worker position it was too good to pass up. With the wedding coming up next January in Perth, it was just the right job at the right time.”
Nathan still has high ambitions for his basketball career, and will likely join his old team, the East Perth Eagles, for the SBL season. “They’ve been great and said I can pretty much train with them once I arrive, which is awesome. My goal is to be able to do a pre-season with the (NBL) Perth Wildcats, so hopefully I will get that opportunity over there.”
Freind hasn’t ruled out a return to Geelong in the future. “If the opportunity arose and I ended up moving back over this way – the Supercats is definitely where I would want to play.”