2018-19 Team Profiles: Esh Group Eagles Newcastle

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle are counting down the days to get going in their new arena and will be looking to create more success at their new home.

Last season: The Eagles finished without silverware for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign following a third placed league finish as well as Quarter-Final defeats in each of the three knockout competitions as their run of three consecutive Cup titles came to an end.

Back again: Fab Flournoy MBE rolls into another season as player-coach at 45 years young and Darius Defoe is back for an impressive 15th season on Tyneside. Williams brothers Kai and Jamal stay together for another season with Drew Lasker also returning – a player young guard Themba Yabantu will look to learn from.

New faces: The Eagles have brought back former two-time BBL MVP Rahmon Fletcher as there are no returns for Jaysean Paige and Saah Nimley with academy product Eddie Matthew also coming back to the nest. Ahmad Thomas brings defensive pedigree into his rookie year, while Kyle Thomas is another looking to impress in his first pro venture and Victor Moses makes his return to the BBL having starred at Cheshire.

Pre-Season: The Eagles harbour their own European ambitions and endured tough defeats against Belgian opposition, Spirou Charleroi and Okapi Aalstar. Newcastle suffered a third loss at the hands of rivals, Sheffield before extracting revenge at home on Wednesday following an emphatic victory over USA Select.

Outlook: Newcastle have a good record of bouncing back from disappointing campaigns by their standards and the return of Fletcher, in particular, is good reason for optimism for the home faithful.

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