Adrian steps up for Sharks

Flashback: Adrian Anderson holds aloft the BBL Cup in January
Flashback: Adrian Anderson holds aloft the BBL Cup in January
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Sharks captain Adrian Anderson says he is excited about returning to the club for another season.

The veteran forward has confirmed he will be staying at the Sharks as skipper and also assisting Atiba Lyons with coaching duties.

Anderson, aged 36, had a difficult season on the court last year as a finger injury sustained just before the campaign began kept him out of action for several months. And then illness prevented a return to the Sharks line-up.

However, once Lyons’s assistant Steve Barnett had left the club, Anderson impressed the Sharks’ management with his work on the bench.

He said: “I never thought of getting into coaching but I really enjoyed helping Atiba out. One of the things I have always had is a good work ethic. The guys will tell you I train harder than anyone and that is what I want to bring to my role.”

With Lyons, Mike Tuck and Olu Babalola already confirmed in the Sharks squad Anderson says the prospects for this season look bright.

He said: “Mike and Olu are players that any team in the league would want. So for us to have both of them is a real boost.”

Former Junior Sharks point guard Devon Van Oostrum, aged 18, has been called up to the senior Great Britain training squad ahead of September’s EuroBasket in Lithuania.