Wade plans to suit up for Bulls
Popular basketball player Aaron Wade has one solution for waning crowds at Bundaberg Bulls and Bears games.
“I’m going to fill up Bundaberg stadium, get the crowds back there,” the affable American said.
But before the 47-year-old can put his plan into action, he must complete a remarkable comeback and gain selection for the Bulls, who play in the Queensland Basketball League.
The former Cairns Marlins star has been training hard this off-season to get his body into shape to take on Queensland’s best.
“I will be playing for the Bulls,” a confident Wade said.
He said a season in Bundaberg would only be the start of his bid for an NBL spot in 2011.
Since becoming naturalised last year, Wade, who was born in Compton, Los Angeles, believes he has boosted his chances of making his NBL debut.
But his first task will be returning to the Bulls and making Bundaberg a force in the state league after a dismal two years.
With new coach Adam Curran and new president Mat Fleming now running the show in Bundaberg, Wade sees plenty of reasons to encourage his optimism.
“They’re local guys who were here when this team was successful and they know what it takes for us to be successful on the court and in the community,” Wade said.
And if the team is successful, the crowds will take care of themselves, he believes.
“They took all of the characters out of the game, but I’m coming back and a lot of the guys are coming back, so we’re going to bring the crowds back to basketball,” Wade said.