THE Hawks roster is taking further shape with the club confirming young-gun Sam Froling will return to the Illawarra next season.
Froling initially signed a long-term three-year deal with the club but, like Angus Glover and Sunday Dech, became a free agent when the club was placed into administration.
Glover has since linked with arch-rivals the Kings while the 36ers unveiled Dech as one of their major singings on Wednesday.
There were fears Froling may follow them out the door but those fears were allayed when the 20-year-old inked a fresh deal.
Injury hampered his first season in Wollongong, but the Boomers rep feels working under coach Brian Goorjian will see him take his game up a level.
"I'm super excited to see where this goes. I think we can be a really strong team and I'm super excited to see where it helps take me and my game," Froling said.
"I've spoken to a lot of guys that [Goorjian] has developed before and they have nothing but respect for him and say they wouldn't be where they are without him.
"Hopefully he can do the same thing for me and I think he can. As long as I apply myself, I think it should work out pretty well."
Even with injury and limited minutes, Froling averaged 6.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in his 17 appearances, with Goorjian pleased to have him back on board.
"Sam comes from a family with tremendous basketball pedigree and he showcased his potential with The Hawks last season," Goorjian said.
"With another offseason under his belt and the confidence gained from making his Boomers debut, we believe Sam will make a major contribution to The Hawks in the future."
Froling adds his name to a list that includes Emmett Naar, Deng Deng, with the club expected to add former Cavalier Deng Adel and former Chicago Bulls draftee Cam Bairstow.
Beyond that, the club will continue recruiting two imports and are also expected to add a Next Star through part owner Brian Colangelo.