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Wednesday, May 01, 2013, 06:45:20 AM

The SKYCITY Breakers have released Leon Henry from the second year of his 2 year contract. Henry is now a free agent and able to seek a new contract with other NBL clubs immediately.

“This was a difficult decision for the club, and particularly for Dean as one of the first decisions as Head Coach” said SKYCITY Breakers general manager Richard Clarke.

“Each year we have to negotiate the salary and points cap systems. For the coming season we have to manage our options under both systems and we have had to take the tough option of releasing Leon from his contract.”

“Leon played an important role in all 3 Championships, and has been a valuable member of the roster and the club. We have made the decision to release him as early as possible to give him the greatest opportunity to secure a new contract with another club.”

Head coach Dean Vickerman praised Henry for his contribution to the club, and the way he took the news of his release.

"It was one of the toughest things to do as a coach," said Vickerman. "I love Leon, he was a part of the three championships... it was an extremely tough decision, but with the points system, and positions on our roster next year, it just didn't align for Leon.”

Vickerman said Henry had been understandably disappointed with the news, but had taken the decision with class and professionalism.

"He was unbelievable. You always wonder how people will react, but he reacted in the best possible way. He was very thankful for the opportunities he had, and understood the decision.”
The SKYCITY Breakers currently have 6 players under contract for the 2013-14 season, with 2 local positions and 2 import positions to be confirmed.

The contracted players are:

Tom Abercrombie
CJ Bruton
Daryl Corletto
Alex Pledger
Mika Vukona
Corey Webster