Justin time to play old club

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SHARKS reject Justin Dobbins could be returning to Sheffield sooner than expected.

The Star understands that Friday night’s opponents, MK Lions, are in the process of signing the centre in time for the match at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield.

Dobbins, who joined the Sharks during the summer after a year at BBL rivals Worcester Wolves, was released by the club last week to create room for the return of point guard Ryan Patton.

The 6ft 9in American had impressed during the early part of the season, but a combination of a back injury and an illness had left him struggling for full fitness.

With player-coach Atiba Lyons deciding his team needed strengthening in the guard positions, he brought in fans favourite Patton and allowed Dobbins to seek new employment.

The move worked during last Friday’s victory over Guildford Heat with Patton impressing.

However, the Ohioian said he needs more games to be back to his best: “I’ve been working out and training with the guys but there’s no substitute for actually playing.

“The adrenaline starts to flow and gets you through and I made sure I hung in there. It was great to be back playing in front of the Sheffield fans.”

A victory over the Lions would help in Sheffield’s bid to get as high a play-off seeding as possible.

The Sharks are sixth in the BBL table with MK seventh, just two points behind.