It is with the deepest regret that the B. Braun Sharks have announced the premature retirement of their enforcer Marko Backovic, from participating in the game as a player.

The 23-year-old small forward enjoyed a successful junior career competing for the junior Sharks as well as for England in two European championships.

Marko progressed through the ranks to join the Sharks senior team at the age of 17 and has contributed whilst continuing his development as a young British player.

It was during his International tenure that Marko sustained a serious ankle ligament injury, through which he continued to play. Unfortunately, following three surgeries it has proved too weak to be able to resume his playing career to the standard he would like.

The Sharks are however happy to say that Marko will continue in his position as an assistant coach to the senior men.

“It isn’t an easy decision to stop playing a game you love and have grown up with, however the continual weakness has led to multiple surgeries and in the end it has been one too many setbacks” said Backovic. “I am very lucky to have the opportunity to continue as an assistant coach which I have been doing this season so far, and I look forward to working on the team with a different perspective.”

Sharks Chairman Yuri Matischen spoke highly of the Sharks forward.

“We are really disappointed for Marko’s position, it isn’t nice to be forced to retire through injury, but everyone who knows him appreciates all that he is as a professional. Marko is an intelligent player which is translating to coaching really well, he is a great personality with a sharp mind, and he will continue to be an asset to the sport for many years to come”.    

The Sharks have one more game prior to the Christmas break against the Glasgow Rocks this Sunday tip off at 5pm available to view on BBL Player.

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