Sheffield Sharks: Eagles return excites Sharks forward

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SHARKS veteran forward Andrew Bridge is looking forward to returning to his former club Newcastle Eagles.

Bridge began his career at the Sharks before making his name at the Eagles where he won six league titles and a host of other top honours.

The 33-year-old, from Chesterfield, said: “I’m looking forward to going back and seeing people that I’ve not seen for a while. I had 10 great years of my life there but everyone has to move on at some point.

“It’ll be quite emotional, but as a team we have to focus on doing things we need to t get chance of winning the games. It’s a good test for us as to how we play against one of the better teams, so far we haven’t played well against teams at the top consistently.”

Sharks are fighting to secure a top eight position and have a good run of form which has seen them edge into the play-off positions.

But the Eagles, who lost against Leicester Riders on Sunday in the BBL Cup final, are once again contending at the top of the BBL Championship and Bridge admits that it’s tough to single out which players are most important: “It’s almost take your pick. Joe Chapman is an excellent player and Charles Smith has been a great player for 10 years.

“Fab’s (coach Fab Flournoy) a massive key for them, and wheat he does on the court often goes unnoticed. He scored 12 points in the last quarter of the final, and couldn’t miss, and that’s without even talking about his defence. Knowing most of the group, they’ll be hurting from what happened and looking to bounce back.”