The Auckland Huskies are pleased to announce the retention of combo guard Reuben Fitzgerald for the upcoming Sal’s NBL season.

Reuben played his rookie NBL season with the Super City Rangers in 2019 before linking with the Huskies last year.

The former Aquinas College, Tauranga and Westlake Boys High School product was not amongst the original 12 players drafted by the Huskies last year but after stepping up to the full roster he made an immediate impact with his ‘all-action’ displays.

Huskie Head Coach Aaron Young liked what he saw from the 21 year-old.

“We are really pleased to have Reuben on-board again, backing up on the success he enjoyed last year. He started off as a Development Player, earned a spot on the roster, and has now solidified a position within our group.

“He is the definition of what we want our Huskies plyers to look like in terms of commitment and toughness. 

“So I’m looking forward to him taking another step up in terms of his career development.” 

Comfortable playing point guard or off guard Reuben is happy to fill whatever role is required of him by the coaching staff.

“I’m looking forward to playing a full season after coming into the team a little way down the track last year. It will also be good playing for Aaron as he was there last year in an assistant coach role and I thought he did an excellent job.

“I was very satisfied with what I was able to accomplish last season. I played a lot off the ball but I don’t really mind if I play in the point guard or two spot.  I just want to build on that for 2021.”

Reuben made big strides in his 10 games for the Huskies in 2020. Providing a spark off the bench he averaged 6 points a game enjoying increased minutes as the season progressed. 

Currently a third year student at Auckland University studying Law and Biology Reuben is hoping the injury and illness that has plagued him for the last 18 months is now in the past.

“Soon after the 2019 NBL season finished I dislocated my ankle in a training accident and that put me out of the game for nine months.

“Just as I was getting back in shape I was having quite bad chest pains and my arms became swollen. It was found I had blood clots in my lungs and shoulders.

“That got sorted in time for me to play for the Huskies last season but then this pre-season the blood clots came back. I’ve had surgery to get rid of that so hopefully I will have no further issues.”

After a three week lay-off Reuben is back in training bringing the energy and commitment that delighted Huskies fans last season.

More of the same please Reuben!

The Huskies first home game will be on Friday April 30th against Manawatu Jets at Eventfinda Stadium. You can purchase your 2021 membership today at aucklandhuskies.co.nz/2021-memberships