Werner, a 6-foot-7, 255 pound forward, finished his NCAA Division III career in 2007 starting all 27 games and recording 13 double-doubles.  Averaging 16.7 points (at 56% FG) and 9.7 rebounds in his senior year, Werner became the school’s all time blocks leader, and finished his career second in field goal percentage and rebounds and fifth in scoring.

Werner created headlines in Wisconsin after a NFL tryout with the Green Bay Packers. Having not played football during his four year college career, his impressive athletic frame and ability were put to the test by an NFL scout and his workout results were comparable to those declaring for the NFL draft.

After no further indication from the Packers about an NFL career, Werner jumped at the opportunity to play in the SEABL for the Cobras.

“I have heard a lot about the SEABL and the strength of the competition.  There are some great import players in the league and I look forward to the challenge of taking on the League’s best,” said Werner.

Werner will join fellow import Zach Malvik on the floor with a strong local contingent of players to contest the 2008 SEABL championship. Werner has been openly welcome to the Club and has been amazed at the family like atmosphere.

“I have only been here for two days but it feels like I have been here for much longer.  The guys on the team and the people at Kilsyth have been very welcoming,” he said.

“Right now, for me, the challenge is getting to know the guys on the floor. In college you get to know what the guys are thinking.”

Coach Wallace will be looking for the same attitude and a NFL size work ethic when Werner steps onto the floor for the first time in 2008. 

“Joe adds another dimension to an already talented outfit, his sheer size and strength will enable him to match it with the League’s best big men.  He has already has a pro work ethic and we will be looking forward to that type of intensity and hard-nosed approach on the floor,” said Wallace.

Kilsyth fans will get their first opportunity to see Joe in action as the Cobra take on the Bendigo Braves, at Kilsyth, Thursday February 21st.