SHEFFIELD SHARKS: Dirty work isn’t a problem for Mike Tuck

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SHEFFIELD Sharks forward Mike Tuck says Andrew Bridge could be an excellent signing for the club.

Bridge, aged 33, is expected to return to the club after leaving Newcastle Eagles in the summer.

The Chesterfield-born small forward had been a vital part of the Eagles trophy winning success over the last decade after leaving Sheffield in 2002.

And now after playing a part in Sharks’ comfortable victory yesterday at the EIS over a travelling USA Select squad, Tuck said Bridge will bring something extra to the team: “Bridgey did well.

“He adds that bit of experience and veteran play to a line up with the young guys that we’ve got.

“We’re beginning to gel more as a team now and looked better yesterday than we did at the pre-season tournament in Newcastle last week.”

Sharks have allowed American forward Nashid Beard to leave the club, which means Tuck and Olu Babalola will once again share responsibilities in the forward positions.

“It’s much like last year,” said Tuck. “Myself and Olu will be doing the majority of he dirty work underneath the basket. But we’re fine with that. It’s something we’re used to.”

Tuck also said that new signings Gage Daye and Micah Williams are settling in ahead of Friday’s BBL opener at the EIS against Leicester Riders.

“They’re getting used to the European style. Friday will be a good test for them,” he said.