Depleted Eagles close in on Dutch star Defares

NEWCASTLE Eagles are on the verge of sealing the services of Dutch international star Bryan Defares.

NEWCASTLE Eagles are on the verge of sealing the services of Dutch international star Bryan Defares.

After a string of shock exits and injury upsets, the Tynesiders have sought tirelessly for a player to bolster their thinning roster.

Following the surprise departure to Everton of Great Britain star Richard Midgley a fortnight ago, the North-East franchise have desperately searched for a replacement guard.

But New York play-caller Fabulous Flournoy is likely to have his selection headache eased as the Eagles close in on securing the signature of 26-year-old Defares.

The former Doukas player is likely to arrive in Newcastle as soon as Thursday as Flournoy’s depleted bench gets a vital face-lift and his presence will be a boost ahead of this Friday’s league clash with Scottish Rocks.

Having plied his trade in the Boise state college team, the 6ft 4in guard has had spells with Kolossos Rodou and Gijon.

And after last season’s successful campaign in the second tier of Greek basketball with Doukas, the former Dutch international is set for life on the courts at the Metro Radio Arena.

Defares is leading the race to be named as the Eagles’ newest asset ahead of potential new recruits Ted Berry, Danny Lewis and Justin Phoenix.

However, chairman Paul Blake’s move for Midgley’s successor could be stalled as he looks to thrash out contractual details with the Greek authorities.

Doukas still hold Defares’ licence and officials from the BBL will have to meet the Greek governing body before Flournoy’s high-flying campaign can go on.

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