I want to stay with Eagles says Dorsey

British basketball legend and three-time BBL Championship winner Tony "Dynamite" Dorsey has revealed that he is desperate to extend his Eagles career beyond this weekend's play-offs.

British basketball legend and three-time BBL Championship winner Tony "Dynamite" Dorsey has revealed that he is desperate to extend his Eagles career beyond this weekend's play-offs.

The veteran forward has enjoyed a real renaissance of late, having finally found full fitness.

And he is relishing the prospect of making a return to the biggest event on the domestic basketball calendar.

The perfect scenario would be to see him lift the club's third successive Play-Off Championship and re-sign for next season in preparation for Europe the following (and possibly final) year of his career if the Springfield Honda-backed club take the plunge.

"That would be a dream situation for me," admitted Dorsey. "I am very interested in returning for sure, but all my energy is being spent on this weekend ahead.

"My focus is definitely on this semi-final with Sheffield right now, and we have plenty of time to discuss things in relation to next year. But I definitely want to come back.

"For me, the biggest trophy of all is the Play-Off Championship. I have been lucky enough to have had some success - hopefully that can continue and I can win my fourth play-off final in five attempts.

"This is going to be a huge weekend because I don't think I have ever seen the top four seeds all make it through to the finals. There is normally always an upset.

"We were in the last of the quarter-finals and I didn't say anything but I was fearful that there hadn't been an upset so far, and it was playing on my mind. But we made it through."

Dorsey's comments will come as a relief to Eagles supporters wary of recent rumours that he might be targeted by his former franchise, with Birmingham Panthers joining the league next season - something the player himself was quick to play down.

"At this stage of my career I made the decision to come to Newcastle to win and challenge for championships and trophies," he said.

"At the age of 36, I really don't want to be involved in the re-building of a franchise, although you never know in sport, but my first choice is definitely to come back to Newcastle.

"Birmingham deserves a new franchise because the attendances were always great when I played there and the fans were tremendous."

For now, though, Dorsey remains focused on the matter in hand and he simply refuses to contemplate a loss this weekend.

"Losing the championship final is the worst feeling for a player," he said. "Lose this weekend and you have to deal with it for six months.

"You end up sat at home, thinking over every missed shot, rebound and pass that you maybe didn't make.

"There is no way we want to be leaving at the end of this weekend with any `could have`, `should have' or `maybes'.

"We leave with that trophy raised high for the great Newcastle fans - that is our aim."

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