Lachlan Barker is returning to the Frankston RSL Blues for the 2020 NBL1 season, re-signing with the 2019 preliminary finalists for another two years.
Barker was an integral piece of head coach Andrew Harm’s new-look Blues lineup in 2019, providing reliable perimeter shooting and guard depth that the program had been missing over recent years. Confirming his return to Frankston for next season, Barker explained he was looking forward to hopefully lifting the NBL1 championship in 2020 after going so close this year.
“Last season we made a big impact,” outlined Barker. “Frankston is a great club and a good organisation. Everyone was welcoming from day one.”
“We weren’t too happy with how we went out [last season]. It’s a big reason why I am coming back again.”
A former development player with the Sydney Kings in the NBL, the Tasmanian was one of six Blues players to average double figures in points last season, providing 13.6 points per game that included shooting a very good 42% from three-point territory. He also chimed in with 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists while shooting a team-best 87% from the free throw line, and was one of just three players in the side to start all 22 games.
“A big reason to come back is that we have a very good team. We started to gel as a group and play well together, especially in the back half of the season. Who knows, but in another couple of years we can get even better.”
Following on from his excellent year with the Blues, Barker suited up for the NBL1 All-Stars in the recent NBL Blitz, showing he was not out of place either.
“That was a great experience,” added Barker. “It was a really enjoyable opportunity and a trip back home to Tasmania. Everyone on the team got along really well together, and it was a good chance to go up against NBL teams.”
The dynamic guard would go on to explain that his impact at Frankston also now extended beyond the NBL1 team, helping run the school holiday camps in the off-season.
“Helping with the camps during the off-season has has been fantastic and a great way to help the juniors. I’m planning to help out and do more too.”
With Frankston’s senior stars actively involved in nurturing the juniors, it is no surprise that the Blues enjoy some of the biggest and most loyal supporters across NBL1. That connection with the juniors and their families at grassroots level is one of the reasons behind that success, with Barker explaining it was one of the best crowds he had ever played in front of.
“Frankston’s got one of the best home crowds in the league,” Barker enthused. “North West [his former club] always had a good crowd, and Mount Gambier was really good and had great support [in the SEABL]. Frankston however, has one of the best atmospheres in the league and is second to none.”
Barker’s re-signing follows that of Blues captain Igor Hadziomerovic returning next season on a three- year contract, with further announcements expected to be unveiled over coming weeks.
Stay tuned to Frankston Blues’ website and social media platforms for more announcements and check our Senior Blues 2020 Off-Season Announcements page.