Sheffield Sharks have brought back one of their key players from last season with American forward Matt Gorman signing for another season.
Gorman had a strong year in the Sharks rotation despite suffering from a string of niggling injuries. His partnership with Chris Sanders gave Sheffield a real inside-outside threat with both big men able to step beyond the three-point line.
However, with Sanders announcing his retirement earlier in the summer the 6'10" Gorman will be expected to carry more of the load.
Sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons said he was delighted to have Gorman in his plans for the forthcoming season: "Matt plays with a real fire and intensity, which are priceless attributes for any player to have.
"He picked up a few injuries last year that meant he was operating much of the time at less than 100 percent but he still turned up every night and put up his numbers."
Gorman joined the Sharks last year from the Irish league where he had played for one season after graduation for American powerhouse college Syracuse.
With Lyons, guard duo Perry Lawson and Ryan Patton and now Gorman already on the team sheet for next season the Sharks are looking stronger than they have done in recent seasons.
And according to club sources the two major signings of the summer are just days away from being completed.
Sharks director Sarah Backovic said Gorman's return to Sheffield is a sign of the club's intent of re- establishing themselves as one of the BBL's elite organisations.
"The squad is shaping up very nicely and with the signings we're due to announce I think our supporters will be pleased with how we take to the floor at the end of September."