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BBP: Durham Wildcats: 'New coach can push us to the top'

The Durham Wildcats have changed their coach and enter their third BBL season under the guidance of Lee Davie.

Davie has replaced David Elderkin who helped them achieve their BBL status and will be looking to build a successful squad.

Alliances Manager Richard Warburton is hoping Davie is the right man to lead the Wildcats into the play-offs and beyond.

He said: "Last season was a step forward, we won a bigger percentage of our games but we were a bit frustrated to miss out on the play-offs in the last few games."

"We have a slightly stronger roster this season with a lot of player turnaround due to the fact we are based around the university here, we get a lot of post-graduate students from around the world."

"The new coach has a lot of experience having managed in women's basketball and his current role with the GB U20 side."

Warburton is also hoping that the team can improve on last seasons first round defeats in the BBL Cup and the Trophy.

"A run in either the Trophy or Cup would be great this season, we have a home game against Cheshire [in the cup] which we are confident about and a slightly harder trip to Plymouth [in the trophy]."

"We aren't really sure what the main aim will be for the team this season, it is a bit unknown, we will see how the first few games go."

"We have a tough start away at Newcastle Eagles and we can hopefully put on a show, we have a lot of athleticism and pace and we know home games are important with a good crowd."

"The sport is growing the UK and in the north-east and hopefully we will be challenging at the top soon enough."

Season tickets and regular game tickets for the Durham Wildcats are available from their website.

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