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Martin Mal­nieks will ask for a new deal at Glas­gow Rocks af­ter rel­ish­ing his sur­prise op­por­tu­nity to play in the Bri­tish Bas­ket­ball League this sea­son, writes Mark Woods.

The Lat­vian for­ward won a place with the Kelvin Hall side last sum­mer through the club’s tri­als. With Ster­ling Davis’ men be­set by in­juries – and with cap­tain EJ Har­ri­son not due to re­turn from com­pas­sion­ate leave un­til next week – Mal­nieks will ex­pect an en­larged role against Ply­mouth Raiders to­mor­row. He ad­mits, though, his taste of the pro­fes­sional game has made him more de­ter­mined to ex­tend his stay.

“Of course it’s more fun when you’re play­ing,” he said. “But I’ve en­joyed the sea­son. In the be­gin­ning, I was hop­ing I’d get more court time but I am a rookie this year. Ev­ery­one has to go through this. So you get to the end and see about next sea­son.”

Play­ing bas­ket­ball was not on the 24-year-old’s agenda when he landed on a work­ing hol­i­day. “I thought it would be an in­ter­est­ing place, to try some­thing new,” he said. “I was just work­ing for a few months, en­joy­ing Scot­land, but then the tri­als came up.”

There have been enough glimpses of tal­ent for Davis to hint at a fresh con­tract. If there is a next sea­son, Mal­nieks hopes for bet­ter for­tune than the Rocks have en­joyed this term.

“We know we can beat any­one when we have a full team but it seems like we’ve only all been to­gether three times all sea­son,” he said. “So we’ll have to pull to­gether.”

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