Melbourne United is thrilled to announce that point-guard and fan favourite Kyle Adnam has re-signed with the Club on a two-year contract.
“Wild Kyle” as he is known by the playing group has been a Development Player with Melbourne for the last two seasons.
He has been elevated to the team’s 11-man contracted playing group after showing great dedication to the Club, while proving what he was capable of on the court.
Melbourne born and bred, Adnam was excited about the prospect of staying home to play in front of family and friends.
“It’s a dream come true for me. I’ve played four years as a Development Player with Adelaide, Wollongong and then here in Melbourne, my hometown.
“It’s always been a goal, so to have reached it is absolutely amazing and I couldn’t thank the Club and the fans enough. The support the fans have given me has pushed me further in my career, and I can’t wait for the season to start” Adnam said.
As a Development Player, Adnam has been patient in waiting for his call up behind top level players including Goulding and Ware, however his effort never faulted, which earned him the Club’s Coaches’ Award last season.
“The Coaches Award was really big for me, it was great to be recognised for the effort I have put in.”
“Guys like Chris and Casper, we’ve all seen how good they are, and I aspire to be as good as them. To have guys like that to learn from and model your game from is a huge opportunity. I can also pick their brain about off the court stuff as well, about how to manage being a professional” said Adnam.
As well as his career high 19 points against New Zealand last season, Adnam was rewarded with his first NBL-start when the team took on the Adelaide 36ers in Round 15. It was an opportunity seized and one Adnam hopes to continue under new Head Coach, Dean Vickerman.
Adnam said “I’m hoping to continue working hard on the things that I’ve done well, and I really want to improve my strength.
“I’m working on mentally being a bit of a dog on defence, and being a pest out there, I think that’s what I’m going to have to bring to continue to be a good player in this league.”
Adnam has signed with New Zealand NBL side the Nelson Giants for the off-season, before he returns home to begin pre-season with Melbourne United.
More announcements are expected in coming weeks.