sheffield Sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons has poured cold water on speculation linking the club with Great Britain captain Drew Sullivan ahead of tonight’s final BBL Trophy group match against Mersey Tigers at the EIS.
But he has revealed Jimmy Langhurst is staying in Sheffield and a new signing will be joining the Sharks within the next few weeks.
It has been a busy seven days for Lyons and the club’s management as Sheffield finalised their roster for a concerted attempt to win all four trophies on offer.
Lyons’ first signing of the summer, BJ Jenkins, will not be wearing a Sharks vest this year. After visa paperwork problems held up Jenkins’s arrival into the country the form of replacement Langhurst has led Lyons to offer him a full time deal.
Internet rumours began yesterday about Sheffield making a move for former Newcastle Eagles and Mersey Tigers small forward Sullivan, which Lyons says is inaccurate: “We haven’t at all. I heard he was training with Leicester.”
Langhurst has taken his chance to impress Lyons after he filled in for Jenkins during Sharks’ first three matches of the season. Such has been his form Langhurst left the club with no option but to keep him permanently.
Lyons said the former Robert Morris college player may not be the only one putting pen to paper in the future: “Jimmy has looked solid for us. He’s done well.
“We expect to make an announcement soon on our final player.
“Things are happening right now and when he arrives we’ll let people know.”
The Star understands the next new signing has played for the Sharks before.
American shooting guard Marcus Stout would fit into the current set up perfectly with his scoring and his ability to guard a number of positions.