The Cairns Taipans have agreed to release centre Rob Loe from the second year of his contract as per his request. For personal reasons, Rob is instead looking to seek opportunities in New Zealand to be closer to his family.
Taipans Head Coach Mike Kelly said that while this was unfortunate, he understands why Rob needs to base himself in New Zealand for the near future.
“We certainly did not anticipate this, but the club and I completely support Rob’s decision. Family should always come first, and sometimes you need to make sacrifices in life to ensure that can be the case,” said Kelly.
“Of course, we will miss having him around but fortunately in this circumstance, we have the luxury of time given that it is so early in the off-season. We have all the necessary time to adjust our recruitment strategy accordingly as we build the roster.”
Rob signed his first two-year NBL deal with the Taipans last season and improved in all statistical areas under Coach Kelly. The 27-year old finished his 2018/19 campaign with an average of 7.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
“I’ve loved my time in Cairns – it’s an incredible club full of great people and it’s been a privilege to be here and be embraced by the community the way that I have. I’ve really enjoyed playing for Mike and need to stress that this was not a decision I made lightly,” said Loe.
“But, my situation has changed and it is critical that I am in New Zealand with my wife and my family, and that is where I need to base myself. I’m really grateful to the Taipans for the opportunity they gave me and want to thank all the fans for their support.”