Jelks liked Perth so much, he ended up staying and taking out dual citizenship. This resulted in him both playing for and managing the Australian National Team for a number of years, including at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Last year he returned to the Perth Heat as an Assistant Coach for the 2012-13 ABL season, following coaching stints with a number of US independent league teams.
As a teenager I got to see Jelks, one of the star players for the Heat at the time, play a number of games, so it was exciting for me as an adult to see him again, even if it was now as a coach.
|2012-13 Perth Heat Greg Jelks card front - © 2013 Adam East|