A New Dawn for Wolves

Last Updated: Jun 26, 2015 11:00am
St. Clement, Worcester
By Colin Taylor
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Worcester Wolves Head Coach, Paul James, has paid tribute to departing players as he admits that the club will need to move in a ‘different direction’ following last season’s eventual disappointment.


Despite turning in some sensational performances – most notably against the Newcastle Eagles, and claiming their highest ever British Basketball League (BBL) finish of third, James’ side failed to build on the previous campaign, during which they won their first ever pieces of silverware.


An early exit from the National Cup, disappointment in the National Trophy and a heavy defeat in the first round of the play-offs meant that Wolves’ season ultimately fizzled out.


This week, the club can announce that only shooting guard Disraeli Lufadeju will be retained for next season, but, while acknowledging the need for improvement, James was also keen to publicly recognise the qualities of the departing players.


“We had a team with some very talented individuals, and in some games we demonstrated that we had the potential to be a title winning team,” explained James. “The three victories over Newcastle Eagles clearly demonstrated that fact.


“However, we failed to progress in the key cup competitions, and we all recognise that this was not acceptable. Therefore, following discussions within the club, we have decided to revitalise the program and move in a different direction.


“We have spent the post-season period reviewing the previous campaign and busily planning for the future. We hope to be making some announcements about incoming players very soon; a great deal of research has gone into finding exciting players who we believe will make a strong contribution to what we are trying to achieve in the future.”


Managing Director, Mick Donovan, was also eager to praise the departing players who helped Wolves to success during the memorable 2013/14 season.


“There were some great characters in the team and we would especially like to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of our departing captain, Alex Owumi, and last year’s MVP, Jamal Williams, who played such a big part in taking us to the next level. However, we all felt that it was time to rebuild with a new look team.


“The 2013/14 season was a great time for the club and whilst we do not believe that we have the divine right to repeat that every year, we needs to respond to the 14/15 end-of-season collapse. Releasing three players during the season was not ideal and we have been working really hard to put an exciting team on court for the forthcoming campaign.”


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