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Dynamic Dening back to boost Bite
10/05/2016 10:22 PM ET
Team Australia outfielder Mitch Dening signs for the Bite after two seasons in Japan.
Team Australia outfielder Mitch Dening signs for the Bite after two seasons in Japan. (Sean Lopes/Ryan Schembri)

The Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, is ecstatic to announce the return of Team Australia outfielder and ABL big gun Mitch Dening.

Dening signed for the Bite from Sydney in 2014 after four seasons with the Blue Sox, however he played just one season before commitments in Japan saw him miss the 2015/16 campaign.

Playing in front of crowds of 50,000 people in the top Japanese league, the Nippon Professional Baseball League, Dening had stints at the Tokyo Yakult Swallows and the Ehime Mandarin Pirates, but he now turns his attention to Adelaide.

"I'm very excited to be returning to Adelaide. I had so many great memories in the 14/15 season and I'm looking forward to making more this time round."

With Ehime, Dening dominated, hitting .389 with 42 hits, 13 runs and 23 RBIs in 30 games, and he credits his good form to the personal goal of returning to the NPB.

"I went to Ehime this year with one goal in mind and that was to be signed back to the NPB level. I think having that in the back of my mind each day was the main reason for my strong performance this year."

"Although I didn't get a contract I was happy with my personal achievements."

After his Japanese journey, Dening now looks forward to returning to the daily grind alongside his Australian friends and teammates.

"Getting to play with all guys again is the biggest reason why I made the decision to return to Adelaide," he says.

"Also playing at the new stadium…It's going to be very different not being able to run through the outfield fence."

While he may not have an iconic outfield fence to knock down, he will have several Team Australia teammates to help the Bite shine and chase down a championship.

"Anytime you have a handful of Australian representatives on the same team is a huge boost."

"The last two seasons Adelaide line-up has been impressive and this year is going to be exciting and we are going to have a lot of fun along the way to the Championship."

Adelaide's season begins on November 17 in Sydney, before the Bite take on the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces at the Adelaide Shores Baseball Complex in West Beach, on November 25-27. Tickets are available here while memberships are also for sale here.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.