Melbourne United have announced that star guard Chris Goulding has re-signed with the club on a three-year deal.
The highly sought-after Goulding was often referred to as this free agency period’s hottest property. Asked about the importance of resigning the superstar, Head Coach Dean Vickerman did not hesitate to emphasise Goulding’s value.
“We all know what kind of player Chris is, and just how good he can be – he is a player of elite calibre both in the NBL and Australian basketball.” Vickerman said.
“He is a huge part of our team and it was a priority for us this off-season to get Chris to come back. He is a key piece in our core group, and that key group of players returning is not only important for us as coaching staff, but also for our fans.”
“Chris had other opportunities in front of him, so we’re happy he’s made the choice to stay with the club. To see that is really encouraging – these guys are on a journey together with us and it really shows unity within our core group.”
“Chris Goulding is not only a key part of Melbourne United, but our league and our country and he has played a huge role in the success and development of our club. To have him re-sign for 3 years is really exciting, and I have no doubt he will continue to drive our club forward as well as help develop the team and club culture around him.”
Chris Goulding has enjoyed an incredible career with the Melbourne franchise, since returning to the NBL in 2015.
Goulding’s leadership and on-court abilities were particularly highlighted by his efforts in achieving Finals MVP while leading Melbourne United to its maiden NBL Championship in 2017/18.
Goulding had weighed up his options as free agent, but spoke about his affection for his adopted city as a key driver in his decision to re-sign.
“I’m really excited – I love this city, I love the fans here and I really enjoy putting on the Melbourne United jersey and running out in front of a pack Melbourne United Arena.” Goulding said.
“It was a really interesting time to be discussing a new contract, as this pandemic has affected everyone is so many different ways. However, I was really encouraged by the journey we have been on as a club, and I want to be a part of it going forward into hopefully another championship campaign.”
“I want all of the fans, members, sponsors and key partners to know that I am standing United with them – I’m eager to continue on this journey with them all. I am really looking forward to getting back out on court and helping this club achieve another championship.”
Goulding joins Mitch McCarron, Jack White, Jo Lual-Acuil, Shea Ili, Casey Prather and Sam Short (DP).