Basketball: No return for retired Bridge

Former Sharks player Andrew Bridge.
Former Sharks player Andrew Bridge.
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Andrew Bridge says only the most extreme circumstances would see him consider cutting his retirement from playing short.

The 33-year-old from Chesterfield called time on his career last week despite taking part in pre-season training with the Sharks.

However, Bridge, who started and finished his career with the Sharks after a successful decade with Newcastle Eagles, said not expect to see him back in the BBL.

“This is a decision I have been thinking about for a long time. It isn’t something I’ve made on the spur of the moment,” he told The Star.

“Obviously you can never-say-never because who knows what might affect the Sharks or the Eagles this season in terms of injuries.

“But you can’t plan for that and I must admit when I’ve seen the guys going through some of the drills in training it makes me glad to be stepping away!”

Bridge rated former Sharks guard Terrell Myers as the most gifted player he ever played with but also had a word of praise for more Sheffield legends. He said: “Iain McKinney was always massively underrated. Peter Scantlebury played into his 40s and I used to love watching Roger Huggins - althought I never got to play with him.”

Although Bridge doesn’t intend to enter the world of coaching he does have good advice for younger players.

“Listen,” he said. “People will tell you things who have been in the same position as you have. It is so important to take advice on board.”

Sharks won their first pre-season match of the season 93-77 at Manchester Magic on Saturday evening.

And at the EuroBasket Championship in Slovenia, Sheffield’s Devon Van Oostrum scored five points, including a vital three late in the match as Great Britain beat Germany 81-74. Britain play Ukraine today in their final group match.

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