NEWCASTLE Eagles are venturing into another season in the British Basketball League where they've garnered huge success over the years. 

That being said, manager Ian McLeod has delivered a strong message to his players to remind them success should never be considered part of the furniture at any club.

Last season, they were Championship play-off winners during the Covid-19 pandemic when there weren't any spectators allowed to attend any games. 

The Eagles kick things off tomorrow evening when they face the Glasgow Rocks in the BBL Trophy at the Newcastle Arena. Tip-off is at 7:30pm tomorrow night when a couple of thousand fans are expected to spectate the first game of the season. 

McLeoad said: “Preparations have, as far as on court, have been in the last four weeks. It’s been a little stop-start.

“We had seven guys in originally and then the next week we had nine guys and then two more and then one more so it’s been a bit stop and go. We’ll be as prepared as we can be for Friday.

“We’ve recruited very well and we’ve recruited the right people as well as the right players but we’ve recruited guys who fit what we do.

“We’ve recruited a bit of experience but we’ve got some young guys as well, some energetic guys. We played a fast and open style of play so I’m happy with how they’ll fit.

“It’s the difficult moments where the crowd get you through. Sometimes a crowd can overstimulate you but actually when you’re down and you need the crowd, you need their support, that’s what we missed last year.

“Some guys thrive off that and they need that there so that will be the real exciting thing that we get back. The crowd who’s got our backs when we need them most.

“We never plan to lose, we plan to win every game that we play. There’s high expectations at this club. Expectations not just to win but to play well as well, I think we’re in a good place to give ourselves a chance to do that."

McLeod has been in charge as head coach of the Eagles for a full season but this time will be leading the side in front of Eagles fans. 

When speaking to the Northern Echo, he was quick to highlight how he and his players won't be getting complacent of their success in the years gone by.

McLeod added: “That’s a dangerous thing because success isn’t owned, it’s rented. And the rent is due everyday.

“As soon as you think you’ve done enough, that’s when you slip. We’re under no disillusions that we have to keep the levels high every minute of every practice and that’s the key to winning on the Friday or the cup at the end of the month. It’s the pennies that take care of pounds."