Shaun Poole hoping to make a splash under coach Rudge

West Brom Basketball Club youngster Shaun Poole is hoping he can develop under Tim Rudge and eventually have a role to play for the men’s team in the not so distant future.

Poole has been part of the club from a young age, and is one of a number of youngsters hoping to break through from the age groups to play at a senior level.

Whist yet to be considered for the men’s team, Poole has been drafted up to practice with the seniors this summer under men’s first-team coach Tim Rudge, and is hopeful that he could have an impact for them competitively in the future.

“[Tim’s] an enthusiastic coach, his tactics are unique from what I’ve experienced before and he seems to love to develop players.” Poole said.

“I’d like to make it into the Premier League team and further develop on my performances overall.

“It’s fast paced but everyone’s supportive of one another too and overall I think it’s a good atmosphere to play in.

“I believe I can step up in the future, if I keep attending the training sessions and improving session by session I hope I can get there.”

Having worked his way through the age groups for the Black Country side, Poole has highlighted the attitude of the team as one which is ideal for youngsters to develop within.

With a number of senior players having maintained their place in the side for several seasons now, that continuity has been key, whilst wise additions to the squad have only helped create a culture in which younger players can develop.

Poole feels that should that continue, he could be one younger player to make the step up – whilst the team begin gaining success on a regular basis.

“Overall the team is looking to help each player develop more. The guys give me hints how to improve and then obviously games help with everything as well.” Poole said.

“The chemistry and the atmosphere that each player creates allows for winning to happen.

“When I see the team come to training, they’re all motivated, doing well and hopefully that will lead to more silverware in the future.”



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