Hy time my past was put behind me!

Jeremy Hyatt has spoken of his desire to put the past firmly behind him and concentrate on winning more trophies with the Newcastle Eagles.

Jeremy Hyatt has spoken of his desire to put the past firmly behind him and concentrate on winning more trophies with the Newcastle Eagles.

Having just flown in from America, a jet-lagged Hyatt was preparing for a whirlwind 24 hours after being thrown straight into the side for tonight's clash with the Scottish Rocks.

Speaking exclusively to the Chronicle, he said: "I am here to play basketball and I am hoping everyone can let bygones be bygones and I can focus on what I am here to do.

"I explained my feelings on what happened during the summer and now I just want to get back to what I do best -being part of a successful Championship winning team.

"I am excited to be back and, now we have a first win behind us, the train can keep on rolling because we are chasing every trophy again.

"I want to win so much for myself, the team and the fans. I am back and shooting for the stars."

While much has been made of his controversial return to the Springfield Honda-backed club, I believe Hyatt will be afforded a rapturous reception by the home supporters when he finally takes to the floor.

Not least because he will enter his sixth successive season with the club alongside his big pal TJ Walker as Eagles fans once again bask in the satisfaction of knowing they can watch the best backcourt partnership in British basketball.

Hyatt is looking forward to fitting back into the side and linking up with his team-mates both old and new.

He added: "It will be great to try to fit back into the team but I suppose I am a little jet-lagged, so we will see how it goes fitness wise.

"I know it will be great to hook up with the guys again and I am looking forward to playing and finding my spot in the team.

"When I see young guys at the club like Shawan Robinson, who I know from back home in North Carolina, I guess it does make me feel kind of old but I cannot wait to try and help him become a great player.

"What I do know is everyone here wants to win and be successful again."

The Eagles will not have it all their own way against their fiercest rivals since the Rocks are facing a run of four straight defeats if they lose tonight.

Any team with Rob Yanders and Julius Joseph is going to be tough and coach Fab Flournoy will be desperate to ensure the Hyatt sub-plot does not distract his side from gaining a vital win.

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