Newcastle Eagles coach Fabulous Flournoy believes the return of Drew Sullivan to Tyneside can provide the missing line in his team’s silverware chase.
The reigning league champions have lured the Great Britain captain back for a third stint after he cut his short stint in Cyprus due to personal reasons.
With fellow GB star Flinder Boyd exiting to play for Spanish club Palencia, the revolving door has left the Eagles strengthened as they chase a potential treble.
And Flournoy, whose side has begun to hit top form, is relishing his additional weapon.
“It’s good to have Sulli back and we all know what he is capable of,” the New Yorker said. “He sets high standards and knows what is required to win trophies. He is the final piece of our jigsaw and he can deliver at both ends of the floor and will now bring even more experience, maturity and leadership to our team.
“While we all know he has talent, third time around we can expect him to have even more smarts than before and to be another leader in this team.
“We have to make sure that we maintain the chemistry that we have but that shouldn’t be a problem because Sulli works as hard as anybody and is a winner.”