Sheffield basketball star retires

Andrew Bridge.
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Sheffield Sharks forward Andrew Bridge has announced his retirement from basketball.

The 33-year-old from Chesterfield returned to the Sharks last season after an illustrious career at Newcastle Eagles where he won multiple BBL league titles, BBL Cups and BBL Trophies.

Bridge, who was capped for England, was a key part of the Sharks BBL Trophy winning team last season.

He announced his retirement on Twitter where he said: “A career that brought me far more than I thought or expected is over. I’m retiring from professional basketball. It’s something I’ve known since the middle of last season but I wanted to play and train this summer like I was going to play and enjoy it one last time. I want to thank the owners, the 4 coaches I played for, the general managers and office staff many of whom became friends that treated me so well, I never had the problems other players bring up.

!My teammates (I know I gave out a lot of crap but it was centred on finding a way to win) and most importantly my family and friends who for 13 years had to put up with my bad moods, me not being around, me being selfish and constantly saying no to invites, we’ll that all over.

“And finally all the fans who supported at Sheffield, Newcastle and when I played for England - it’s been a great ride and I wouldn’t have changed a thing, well maybe a bit taller, but more athletic and a bit better.

“I’m sure I’ll see everyone around. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES”

Sharks season begins on Friday, September 27 at the EIS against Cheshire Phoenix.