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DBL Sharks Sheffield: Mike Tuck to finish career with club after signing new deal

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DBL Sharks Sheffield captain Mike Tuck has signed a new two-year deal with the British Basketball League club - a contract which will see the 6ft7 forward finish his playing career in Sheffield.

Tuck, 35, has sealed a return to the club for a tenth consecutive season - and by the end of his new deal will move level with former Shark Iain McKinney on 11 consecutive seasons with the 2018 BBL Trophy finalists.

The forward will also continue to combine his duties on the court with an off-court role, after becoming the club’s marketing officer during the 2017/18 season.

Tuck, who also captained England during the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast earlier this year, said: “It was a no-brainer for me to sign a new deal at this great club.

“I never imagined I would have the opportunity of spending more than 10 years with the Sharks when I signed back in 2009 – this club has become such a huge part of my life.

“It’s been great to combine the playing role with a new office role too, which works well for my post-playing experience. I’m really excited about what the future holds, particularly next season.

“It’s an honour to have spent so much of my career with the Sharks and I’m looking forward to spending another two years here.”

Sheffield Sharks general manager Sarah Backovic said: “Mike’s pretty much part of the furniture now, but that is because he’s continued to provide the club with maximum effort to achieve success.

“His leadership and personality has been the back bone of the Sharks since his captaincy and we look forward to watching him play again, entertaining the Sharks supporters for seasons to come.”

Sharks head coach Atiba Lyons, who is currently in the USA on scouting duties as he begins the search to complete his roster, said: “I’m thrilled to have Mike with me for the foreseeable future.

“He is a hard-working and reliable team member, a good guy to have on your side with plenty to contribute as we move forward.”