THE Skytrans Cairns Taipans have added championship experience to its outfit for the 2013-14 NBL season with the signing of gun forward Stephen Weigh.
Weigh, 25 and 198cm, played three seasons with the Perth Wildcats including as a starter on the 2009-10 championship-winning outfit.
After three seasons and 94 games with the Wildcats, Weigh moved to Adelaide where, over the past two seasons, he took on a leadership role with the 36ers.
He has signed a three-year contract with the Taipans.
Last season Weigh averaged 10.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, ranking fifth in the league for three-point accuracy at 38.8%.
The Rockhampton native is no stranger to the coaching style of Aaron Fearne, who mentored Weigh to a national under-18 championship with North Queensland in 2004.
“I’ve coached Stevie and played against him when I played for the Marlins. I know him very well, he’s a Queenslander and he’s been consistent as a player over the past few years,” Fearne said.
“I’m really looking forward to adding him to our group; he really brings us good size and athleticism, and he’s one of the leading three-point shooters in the league. He’s also very versatile – he’ll play at the three or four here in Cairns.’’
Weigh will give the Taipans depth in the forward sport after the retirements of Dusty Rychart and Aaron Grabau and his signing adds to a squad which already features Cameron Tragardh, Jamar Wilson, Cameron Gliddon, Clint Steindl, Alex Loughton and Mitch Young.
The Taipans will announce more player signings in the coming weeks.