NBL Bullets sign Jervis, Petrie

The Brisbane Bullets have secured the services of experienced NBL campaigners and former Boomers Tom Jervis and Anthony Petrie for their comeback season.

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Towering centre Jervis, a two-time NBL championship winner with the Perth Wildcats who has recorded more blocked shots (108) than any other player in the last three seasons, has signed a three-year deal.

“I have observed Tom’s outstanding growth and development since coming into the NBL as a mature age rookie with great interest. He is a significant signing for us,” said Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis, who will also guide the Boomers at this year’s Rio Olympics.

“Tom has played a key role in Perth’s success in recent seasons and he brings a quality skill set to the Bullets.

“He will fit exceptionally well into both the offence and defensive structures we’ll run.”

Forward Petrie, 33, is a veteran of the NBL, having had stints with the West Sydney Razorbacks, Gold Coast Blaze and most recently the Adelaide 36ers.

The 203cm forward has played a staggering 151 NBL cames in a row – the second-longest consecutive games streak in the competition.

“Anthony is a savvy player that provides a great all-round package. Everyone who plays against him knows hell always aim up physically,” Lemanis said of Petrie, who has signed a two-year contract.

Jervis and Petrie join inaugural Bullets signings Adam Gibson and Daniel Kickert on Brisbane’s playing roster as the team’s starting five begins to take shape ahead of their return to the NBL following a nine-year absence.

It also reunites Petrie and Gibson, who have played on the same NBL team for the past seven seasons.