HULL Wasps captain Jamie Goodwin will play his final game for the club on Saturday before jetting off to start a new life in Dubai.
Goodwin, also the club’s player-assistant coach and a journalist by day, has accepted a job in the United Arab Emirates, starting in April.
Goodwin’s final game will be the fourth-place showdown with Stockport Falcons at the Bonus Arena in Walton Street, west Hull. Tip-off is 7.30pm.
The 6ft 5in forward said: “I am genuinely sad to be leaving a club that has meant everything to me in basketball terms over the past three seasons.
“I have been there since day one and seen the hard work that has gone into making this club one of the best-supported in all of England Basketball’s National League.
“I wish I could be around to help the club’s invariable rise through the divisions. There is a big future for this club, and basketball in Hull generally, and I am gutted that I will not be around to see the next chapter.
“But hopefully I will be back one day to rejoin the Wasps and, until then, I wish them all the luck in the world.
“I will be keeping a close eye on how they get on from Dubai and even representing the club by wearing my Wasps vest when I hit the court over there.”
Hull need a victory against fifth-placed Stockport to ensure a top-fourth finish, which would be the highest in their short history.
“I am desperate to go out with a win,” said Goodwin. “A top-four finish would be a great testament to the hard work we have all put it.
“Our chairman Dave Bushnell has worked tirelessly to make sure this club fulfils its potential. Coach John Brignell has managed to take charge and also be the best big man in the division. And every one of the players has given their all.
“And not least, finishing fourth would be a great tribute to the best – and noisiest – fans in the country.”
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