B Braun Sheffield Sharks have announced the first commitment of the 2020-21 campaign, long serving Captain Mike Tuck has signed a one-year contract extension into his 12th season with the Sharks.
The announcement was uniquely made via a Sharks Facebook Live stream at 7:30pm on Wednesday evening, where the Sharks gameday announcer, Mike Shaft, revealed Tuck and then proceeded with a short interview.
The Toronto, Canada native and dual passport holder joined the club way back in 2009 and has won four major pieces of silverware with the club including two back-to-back BBL Cups (2010 and 2011), the 2013 BBL Trophy, and the 2016 BBL Play-Off Final, for which he was awarded Most Valuable Player.
“Tuck is part of the fabric here in Sheffield,” said Sharks GM Sarah Backovic. “We are so pleased to have him back. His leadership and example help drive this team. Also, his work within the front office as Marketing Manager are integral.”
Settled in his veteran role Tuck showed flashes of youth this season with season highs of 22 points against Newcastle Eagles in October and eight rebounds also against Eagles in March while shooting a career high 42.4% from the three-point line in the BBL Championship.
“I still can’t believe I am going into my 12th season as a Shark, it feels like I just arrived yesterday,” said Tuck. “Sheffield is a great place and feels like home. The club, the front office, the fans, the city, have always been warm and welcoming to me.
“I’m excited to get back going, especially with how things ended last season due to COVID-19.”
Head Coach Atiba Lyons is currently in recruitment mode for the 2020-21 roster, adding, “It’s great to have Tuck back to start building that solid foundation.
“We are in conversation with quite a few players and I feel that we will be able to piece together an extremely strong unit with some key players heading into next season.”