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The McDonald’s Geelong Supercats quest for a first SEABL Championship since 2010 has been boosted by the signing of Alex Gynes.
Gynes, 24, joins the club after two seasons with rivals Canberra. That followed a season in the NBL with Sydney and four years in the US College system, firstly with Division I Radford, before he transferred to Division II Nova Southeastern for his sophomore year.
In his senior year at Nova he averaged a team-high 18 points and 8.1 rebounds, after being named the Sharks Male Athlete of the Year as a junior. While in 41 games for the Gunners he posted 12.2ppg and 5.1rpg.
He said his decision to sign with the Supercats was based on a combination of factors, including being closer to his fiancée’s family.
“Nicole is from Warrnambool and it will be great to be closer to them,” Gynes told Supercats.com.au.
“(I’ve also got) a great job opportunity, as well as the fact that I’ve heard nothing but great things about the city of Geelong.”
From Nowra on the NSW South Coast, Gynes is looking forward to contributing to the success of the Geelong program.
“I have been on the receiving end of some big losses against the Supercats,” he said.
“The depth of their roster, the way they play as a team, their consistent defensive pressure and their passionate and hardworking coaching staff are why they have been such a successful club over many years.”
With his wedding scheduled for April Gynes will miss two rounds of the season, but will delay his European honeymoon until later in 2014.
However he won’t avoid a match-up with his former club, with Geelong drawn to play the Gunners on opening weekend.
“It's definitely funny how the draw has worked out and Canberra is the first road trip,” Gynes said.
“I'm confident that I'll get a good reception from the crowd up there. I always gave 100 per cent in the games that I played for the Gunners.
Gynes complements the addition of former North West Tasmania big man Eric Gaff, who signed with Geelong in November. Along with Liam McInerney and Ash Cannan it provides Supercats coach Jamie O’Loughlin with an imposing front court.
“We’ve been in touch with Alex since he was a senior at Nova,” O’Loughlin said.
“We spoke to him about what his plans were when he came back. He decided to head home first and that led to an opportunity with the Kings, and then down to Canberra.
“He then contacted me during the off-season and said that he and his fiancée were looking to move down to Victoria.”
“We needed a player in his position, and he wanted to come and play for us.”