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Recuperating Tall Blacks point guard Mark Dickel's basketball odyssey is about to take in Germany for the first time after confirming a contract with reigning champions Bamberg.

Dickel, recuperating from back surgery at his base in Las Vegas, has a contract for a season that also sees the Bundesliga champions compete in the 2007-08 Euroleague.

The 30-year-old hopes to rejoin the national side for their European tour before an Olympic qualifying tournament against Australia. He has previously played in Australia, Turkey, Belgium, Russia, Poland and Greece.