Finn Delany is keen to show he's the franchise player of the Nelson Giants in 2017 when he returns from his stint with the New Zealand Breakers. Photo: Barry Whitnall/Shuttersport Limited.

Finn Delany will ‘relish’ Giants return

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Nelson Giants and Breakers guard Finn Delany says he will relish the burden of expectation when he returns to the franchise in 2017.

The 21-year-old Nelson College old boy is with the Breakers for the current ANBL season and is enjoying seeing increased minutes on court.

“I don’t think I was hardly on court at all last year, so it’s been fun to get extended minutes when people have been injured and to try to learn.”

Finn was arguably the Giants’ most productive player last season and, by his own admission, “had a break-out year” in 2016.

He says he is looking forward to the Giants campaign and showing how he has improved during his time with the Breakers.

“I’m 21-years-old – I’m trying to get better at everything. The attention to detail [in the ANBL] is the big thing that gets me.

“The scouting and preparation is a big step up.”

He says being a key figure for the Giants next year is something he wants.

“I think I’ll relish that opportunity, to be honest with you.

“I got given a chance last year and I enjoyed having the ability to show what I can do.

“I know my time with the Breakers will put me in the spotlight and I’m fine with that.”

Finn says the departure of coach Tim Fanning for an assistant coaching role in Israel was tough but a logical decision for his former coach.

“I don’t think people understand how big of an opportunity him going to Maccabi Tel Aviv is.

“That’s a top five club in the world outside of the NBA.”

Finn says he has kept in touch with the local players, including captain Sam Dempster, and had every belief a quality coach would be found in the near future.”