Manchester Giants and David Watts hope new signing Nick George proves to be missing piece for play-off bid

By Sarah Brook

Manchester Giants are hoping new signing Nick George will be the missing piece in the jigsaw as they face Glasgow Rocks at home tonight.

Giants – who narrowly lost out twice to Rocks last time out – will be searching for their first league win of 2013, in their bid to reach the end of season play-offs.

Joining tenth-placed Giants halfway through the season, George admitted he is thrilled to be debuting against the Rocks in front of his new home crowd.

“Playing at home is a massive plus and it starts with the fans – I’ve always fed of their energy,” the Great Britain player said.

“I can’t wait to play against the Rocks and hope we get a solid team win on my debut.”

Fellow teammate David Watts also expressed his excitement to have such a talented basketball player join the Manchester side.

“We are hoping his experience and defensive intensity will be the catalyst we have been missing so far,” he said.

After a rollercoaster start for Britain’s newest basketball franchise, George admitted joining halfway through the season did not faze and was pleased to be coming home.

“Basketball is a competitive sport. You have to know that somebody is always coming for your spot,” he said.

“I hope my arrival brings out the competitive nature in others.”

“A lot of players I grew up with and others I’m meeting for the first time. They’ve all helped me make a smooth transition back home.”

After dramatically being dumped out of the trophy last week, Watts admitted with the help of George, Giants could finally get the win over Rocks.

“After our last two meetings against Glasgow and coming so close to winning both times and with the addition of Nick, I feel we have a greater chance at getting the win this time around,” Watts said.

Tip-off is 7.30pm at the Wright Robinson Sports College in Gorton.

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