New chapter for Patrick Manifold as he signs for Australian outfit
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Patrick Manifold is heading Down Under as he looks to add another country to his worldwide success story.
The 28-year-old, Great Yarmouth's sports personality of 2014, has earned thousands of admirers across America, England and Scotland for his talents on and off the court. And the 6ft 7in Manifold is hoping to increase his growing fanbase after swapping top-flight British outfit Surrey United for Australian club Oakleigh.
The professional said: 'I always wanted basketball to take me around the world and that's the beautiful thing about this game.
'When you make it to a certain level you get to tour. When I made it to Division One I got to see all parts of the country (England) I'd never seen before. I then went to the States and got to see most of the east coast of the United States and then Canada. Obviously I got to live in Scotland and now I'm going to Australia.
'I can see myself playing for a good seven, eight, nine more years. I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life. So I'm excited about all the different places basketball will take me, all the opportunities it will afford me that I wouldn't have had otherwise, and I'm truly grateful for the opportunity.'
The giant flew out to his new home, near Melbourne, on Wednesday after signing a six-month deal. The move came about through his former coach at King's Lynn-based CWA Fury James Bamfield and the jet-setter admits he's definitely stepping into the unknown.
Manifold, who has had two books published and is also a motivational speaker, added: 'I've been trying to do some research and I know some people who play out there. From what I hear the standard is excellent. There's many different leagues and apparently the fans are really into the game, so it's going to be fun.'
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To hear the full interview with Manifold, listen to episode 56 of the West Norfolk Sports Podcast, online tonight at www.edp24.co.uk/wnsp