Khimki Moscow Region reached an agreement with its longest-tenured player, team captain Sergey Monia, that will keep the veteran forward in Khimki's uniform for another season, the club announced Thursday. Monia (2.02 meters, 36 years old) has been with Khimki since 2010, holds the all-time club record with 514 games played in all competitions and will become the first player in club history to spend that many seasons with Khimki. Monia is a veteran of exactly 200 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague appearances. He played five seasons in the competition with Khimki, but also has three seasons with CSKA Moscow – including three consecutive Final Four appearances from 2003 to 2005 – and a season with Dynamo Moscow. Monia started his career with Avtodor Saratov and has spent the 2005-06 season splitting time between NBA teams Portland and Sacramento, as well as D-League side Fort Worth.
“I am very glad that I will continue my career at the club, which has long been my family”, said Monia who has helped Khimki win two 7DAYS EuroCup titles, in 2012 and 2015. “The new season will be my anniversary, the 10th for Khimki, and it promises to be interesting. We will do our best to achieve team success.”
“Sergey Monya is the heart of the team”, said head coach Rimas Kurtinaitis. “An important player for me in terms of controlling the team both on and off the court. Last season he helped the team well, there were good games, and I am glad that he remains (with us). Sergey is not just an important member of the team, he is the personification of the club.”