Nate Reinking has left the door ajar to continuing in the BBL next season, even after calling time on his international career.

The 38-year-old guard signed off after a record 81 appearances for GB in Monday’s victory over China, joining Robert Archibald on the list of those taking their leave from the team.

It was a fitting finale for Reinking, who made his debut against Slovakia in 2006 at the very outset of the side’s journey towards London 2012.

But it may not be the very last stop in his playing career if he gets a tempting offer from Sheffield Sharks, or elsewhere.

“Never say never,” the Ohio-born veteran said. “I have no idea. You can tell them that. This made me hungry. Playing at this level makes you hungry. I don’t know what it is.

“I thought I would end but it’s actually making me hungry. As of now, I’m just going to soak the experience in. Then I’ll take a break and look at every opportunity.”

There is a sense of relief, as much as euphoria, at Britain’s first Olympic victory since 1948. Beating the Asian champions, Reinking hopes, will convince the public that this is a team that deserves their ongoing support.

“Hopefully they learnt it this week,” he said. “In the past couple of years at the Euros, we’ve been right there with some of them. I hope they saw the fight. We’re right there with them. It was good to get that win there at the end.”

Pic: Mansoor Ahmed/BB

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