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Sydney re-sign Madgen, Garlepp
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 06:34:54 PM

The Sydney Kings have announced that co-captain Ben Madgen and forward Tom Garlepp have been re-signed by the club with both agreeing to two-year deals.

Madgen began his NBL career with the Sydney Kings in 2011, when he was named Rookie of the Year and has since claimed the Most Improved Player during the 2012/13 season.

"It's an exciting place to be," said Madgen, "I'm very happy with the direction the club is heading."

This season Madgen is averaging 14.1 points per game and is a key member of the Sydney Kings leadership group.

"We've got a good core group of players and I think we can do something special. We've improved every year I've been with the club and the future is looking very exciting."

Madgen does have a clause in his contract allowing him to take up a European offer in the second year of his deal.

"We don't believe in standing in the way of any player who wants to chase an overseas contract," said Sydney Kings General Manager, Rod Harys.

"Ben is a quality player and there is no doubt he'll create interest in Europe, and if that happens he'll have our blessing."

"It's great the club has allowed me to have that option," said Madgen, "it's one of the reason I've agreed to re-sign."

Garlepp, in his second year with the Sydney Kings, has enjoyed the best season of his career. In 2013/14 he is averaging 8.8 points per game and is hauling in 5.6 rebounds per game.

"I really like living in Sydney and I love playing for the club," said Garlepp.

Garlepp was promoted to the starting five this season and has held that position this season alongside AJ Ogilvy in the frontcourt.

"The club has obviously appreciated the extra work I've put in and signing for another two years is a good reward for that effort".

Like Madgen, Garlepp believes the Sydney Kings are on the verge of producing something special and he wants to be apart of that.

"I want to be around when the club gets up there and we're not far off taking that jump."

Mr. Harys said the club is thrilled to re-sign two quality players.

"Ben and Tom are a big part of our future, both on and off the court and we couldn't be happier that they've agreed to stay.

"Like the players, we're excited about the direction the club is heading, and Ben and Tom are a key part of our planning."

Both have re-signed until the end of the 2015/16 season.