Marko Backovic is determined to put a year of injury hell behind him after signing a new deal with Sheffield Sharks.
Backovic suffered a complete lateral tear of his right ankle ligament early in the 2017/18 season which sidelined him for the remainder of the campaign.
And he is desperate to get back in action for the start of the new season for his hometown club.
“This has been my longest break from shooting a basketball in 10 years,” Backovic said.
“I can’t wait to get back to the floor I feel much stronger and a lot more confident on my ankle than I have in many years.”
The 21-year-old small forward had made a strong start to the campaign until sidelined and has since combined studies at Sheffield Hallam University with intense rehabilitation under the supervision of Sharks physio Stacey Shepherd.
Sharks coach Atiba Lyons is delighted to see the youngster is ready to return.
“I am happy to see Marko back in action," Lyons said.
"He brings a high basketball IQ, he can really get people involved and he is definitely developing his offensive arsenal, so we will see how that goes with a healthy ankle."