New Collie Crane Hire South West Slammers imports Jay Warren and Clive Weeden have wasted no time making their intentions clear.
The American duo arrived Down Under at the weekend.
They told the South Western Times they had a shared goal of lifting the struggling SBL outfit up the ladder to be competitive in 2013.
Warren, 33, will likely play as a small forward and has an extensive international CV.
Weeden, who graduated from prestigious Ivy League institution Dartmouth College in 2011, stands at 206cm and will play post for the Slammers. Last season he played in Europe and Africa.
The 25-year-old is keen to spark a revival at the Slammers, who have won the past three SBL wooden spoons.
“My team in Macedonia was in a struggling situation and things fell apart but my team in Tunisia was one of the best in Africa. I’ve had all the spectrums, ” Weeden said.
The 25-year-old was born and raised in the United States but last year claimed Australian citizenship through his mother.
The documents mean Weeden will not hog one of the two international import places the Slammers are allowed on their roster. The other will be taken by American playing-coach Ty Harrelson.
Warren said he is looking to lead a culture change at the club.
“They’ve had a few down years. Now me Clive and Ty are trying to get it back up again, ” he said.
The veteran, who hails from Dallas, Texas, was lured to Australia by Harrelson who he played against in his college days.
“I followed most of his career online and he reached out to me (last year) and asked if I wanted to come out here, ” Warren said.
“I can bring experience and leadership. We have a young team so I guess I’ll be doing a lot of coaching as well.”
Weeden also jumped at the opportunity to play in Australia, saying the journey would be an opportunity to connect with his heritage.
“I want to teach people though the way I play, ” he said.
“I want to bring a whole new level of intensity and toughness.”
The Slammers were defeated 95-79 by reigning premiers Cockburn in a practise match at the weekend with Harrelson scoring 31 points.The Slammers will take on arch-rivals Mandurah in a practise match at the Eaton Recreation Centre this Saturday.
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