The re-signing of Tom Sherlock may well fly under the radar. It may not make the BBL site, you may not read about it on Twitter, in fact, the only people who may talk about it are Leicester Riders fans. And that’s exactly how Tom Sherlock would like to keep it.
“I have a full-time job and I try and keep my basketball separate from that but in both walks of life, I just turn up everyday, don’t complain and do whatever is needed. I’ve always been like that. I just get on with it.”
The man with the lengthy limbs and versatile game suffered a collection of knocks and niggles to his lower limbs last season which interrupted his first Riders campaign. But with fellow small forward, Lataryl Williams, currently recovering from a knee injury suffered at the tail end of last year, there is a possibility that Sherlock will be looking to stake an early claim for extra minutes this season.
“If Rob needs me to start, then that’s fine. But for me, I’m comfortable coming off of the bench so having the starting role isn’t vital. It’s really just a matter of minutes. I’m not selfish and I’m no different to anyone else, we all just want to play.”
For Sherlock to have a full pre-season in order to prepare for the coming campaign (highlighted by a planned six week trip to America so he can intensify his practices against different opposition), is a big bonus for both him personally and for the team. It will allow him to ready his body for the relentless pounding it will suffer and minimise the likelihood of injuries that could derail his season.
Sherlock is the second returning member of the 2010 squad, following in the footsteps of Barry Lamble and is the third face confirmed for the Riders new campaign.
Lamble’s early off-season signature, committing him to the club, has started a domino effect for the team with Rundle joining and Sherlock re-signing.
The off-season is long but it’s a promising start for the Riders which will give fans high hopes for the new season.