Basketball – Alex Loughton to Retire at Seasons End
Alex Loughton always wanted to end his NBL career on his own terms rather than being tapped on the shoulder and he’s ensured he will do that announcing that the 2018/19 season will be his last leaving behind quite the Cairns Taipans legacy.
When Loughton celebrated his 300th NBL game in early January, he made two things clear that he wanted to make sure he retired with something left in the tank and on his own terms, and that he wouldn’t be rushed into a decision.
The Taipans captain wanted to get through a period where the Snakes played eight games in the first 26 days of January before he pondered his future beyond this season.
He made the announcement following Cairns’ nine-point loss to the Adelaide 36ers at Cairns Convention Centre on Saturday.
“I’d just like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement from the NBL, effective at the end of the season. I feel mentally and physically really good about moving forward and on into life after basketball,” Loughton announced.
“It’s a great time for me to hang up the boots. I’m really proud of how I’ve gone about my business and really proud of how I’ve gone about my business, and players I’ve battled alongside and played with.
“My family has always been there supporting me and this team has been really supportive of the decision that I just let them know about. It will be an emotional time for me changing career-paths but it’s the right time for me. I feel really good about it.”
Nine seasons on Loughton has cemented himself as one of the greatest Cairns Taipans players in the club’s 20-year history and he’s right near the top in most statistical categories including second in games played 245 and rebounding 1059, and third in points scored 2456.
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