Mersey Tigers will compete in the British Basketball League this season after a deal was struck with the reigning champions to ensure their participation.

Having been forced to postpone their scheduled opener last weekend, Mersey will now open up on Friday night when they begin their defence of the BBL Trophy against Sheffield Sharks.

“There were some operational issues but they have now been resolved,” said a BBL spokesperson.

Drew Sullivan and Dave Aliu are both on the Tigers roster but have been unable to practice for three weeks while off-court matters were resolved.

Now the focus has turned to signings to enable head coach Tony Garbelotto to field a team for the Sheffield tie.

Veteran centre Calvin Davis returns to the club for a second spell.

While Canadian-born forward Kris Douse, who finished his collegiate career at Point Park University after spells at Nebraska and Delaware State, will play his rookie year on Merseyside along side former Cheshire Jets guard Matt Otten.

The club is also understood to have agreed deals with Great Britain guard Devan Bailey and former Essex Pirate Myles Hesson.

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