SHEFFIELD SHARKS: Atiba Lyons hopes for Sharks ‘A’ grade

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ATIBA Lyons will put his new look Sheffield Sharks team through their paces tomorrow evening when they play their first pre-season match.

The Sharks are much changed from last year with American trio Gage Daye, Micah Williams and Nashid Beard all expected to make an impact alongside returning players Mike Tuck, Olu Babalola, Colin Sing and Zach Gachette.

Lyons has retired from playing to concentrate on his coaching career and says tomorrow’s test against National League 3 side Birmingham A’s at the English Institute of Sport (5.30pm) will give him an indication of how his summer rebuilding has gone and whether an additional players are needed.

He said: “The team will have only just got together so it’ll be good to see how we look.

“The three new signings are all good guys who are hungry to succeed in the professional game after good college careers.”