Eagles swoop to retain exciting duo

Newcastle Eagles have swooped to retain two of British basketball’s most exciting young talents.

Millie Oates and Mollie Arnold both enjoyed court time off the bench in a black and white vest last season in their rookie campaign for the Eagles, and head coach Chris Bunten will expect big things from both players just 48 hours after confirming the signing of fellow Brits Abby Lowe and Molly Taylor.

“Millie already has three or four seasons of WBBL basketball under her belt and she’s getting better every season,” said Newcastle’s playcaller. “She has no fear and she’s an incredibly hard worker.

“I love her attitude and whether she’s playing six minutes or 16 minutes she always comes ready to play and to make a difference.

“She understands the game so well and I have no doubt she will improve.

“Mollie made her WBBL last season and it was a big step up in quality for her. But she handled things really well and benefitted from training week in, week out with the senior players we have here.

“Both Millie and Mollie will be looking for more court time this season but I’m building an exceptionally deep roster and minutes will be hard to come by for everyone.

“I’m hoping that the extra competition for places and court time will mean everyone raises their game and that I’m left facing some pretty tough decisions in the next few weeks.”