Bridge pleased to be back to help Sharks

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ANDREW Bridge is enjoying the challenge of helping to mould the new look Sheffield Sharks.

The Chesterfield-born Bridge made his BBL debut for the Sharks in September 2000 before a 10 year spell with Newcastle Eagles which yielded 17 trophies.

However, the 32-year-old says he is pleased to be back in Sheffield: “It’s been good, we’re obviously a very young team trying to come together in a short period of time.

“We’ve got a couple of players new to the league, and it’s a steep learning curve. But in the long term we have a chance to be good team if we work hard.”

While Canadian Mike Tuck is the Sharks’ captain, Bridge is the elder statesman of the team, and is enjoying his new role.

He said: “It’s not something I think about, it’s more a case about talking to the new guys, and telling them what to expect from the referees and the different venues we’re playing at.

“Obviously it was difficult to leave Eagles because it was a great 10 year period of my life, but moving forward it should be a good thing for me. Maybe they’ll be more motivation and it’ll be a different experience to play for a new coach.”

Bridge and his new team suffering an opening day defeat against Leicester Riders last week, but they will look to bounce back tonight when they visit new-boys Manchester Giants before Surrey Heat are the visitors to the EIS on Sunday evening (5pm).