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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

The Kilsyth Cobras have signed defensive specialist Owen Odigie for the 2017 SEABL season.

The 6’5 Odigie has established himself as one of the SEABL’s top defenders in recent years, and his ability to play multiple positions is set to give the Cobras flexibility on both ends of the floor for the season ahead. The athletic small forward boasts more than just SEABL experience, though, having been a member of the NBL’s Melbourne United since 2012.

Cobras Head Coach Justin Schueller is thrilled with the addition of Odigie, and expects the 24-year-old to slot in nicely with Kilsyth’s revamped roster.

"Owen is the perfect fit we needed to finish off our squad,” Schueller said.

“His ability at the offensive end in addition to his versatility on defence is a huge boost for us.”

The former Australian Under-17 and Under-19 representative will reunite with former NBL teammates Auryn Macmillan and Chris Patton, with the trio spending time together at Melbourne United during the 2014-15 season. Prior to joining the Cobras, Odigie was a member of the Dandenong Rangers and averaged 6.8ppg and 4.7rpg during the 2016 SEABL season.

The addition of Odigie will help fill the void left by the departure of the dynamic Joel Naburgs, who has decided to change sports and pursue a career in Australian Rules Football. While Odigie doesn’t possess mind blowing numbers on paper - he spent 2016 battling former league MVP Daequon Montreal and NBL star Lucas Walker for touches - Schueller is confident that the sixth-year veteran will flourish in the Cobras red and black.

"Owen is poised to have a standout year and compliments our system and the pieces we have in place,” Schueller added.

"He is a great character guy which is very important to us, too."

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