Newcastle Eagles are “delighted” to bring back former BBL MVP Joe Chapman to Tyneside as their final import signing of the summer.

Chapman, the league’s Most Valuable Player during the 2011/12 season while at the Eagles, rejoins with the Sport Central franchise after two years competing in Japan’s BJ League.

It will be the 31-year-old’s fifth season with the club after he enjoyed a four-year stay from 2009-13.


He recovered from an Achilles tendon rupture in February 2011 – the same injury suffered last season by player-coach Fab Flournoy – to lead the team to the clean sweep of titles in 2012 and in his final season before leaving for Japan, averaged 15.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.

After the deal was tied up to bring the Chicago native back to Newcastle, Eagles MD Paul Blake said: “We all know what a fantastic job Joe did when he was last with the Eagles and it’s probably fair to say we never expected him to return. However, he contacted us and said he was alive to the possibility of coming back to a city and club he has a great feel for.


“Having discussed it with Fab and Dave (Forrester) we felt it was something we needed to make happen and too good an opportunity to miss. The deal suited both Joe, his family and us and we’re delighted that he’s on his way back.

“Joe felt that at this stage of his career he wanted to return to somewhere he felt comfortable and where he enjoyed playing as well as going somewhere that his twin boys would benefit from experiencing.

“We’re very much looking forward to welcoming Joe and his family back in to the Eagles family and see him as a fantastic addition to what is already a strong squad.”

Chapman returns to the Eagles on the back of his two-year stint in Japan where he bagged 16.1 points per game at Bambitious Nara in 2013/14, and 15.8 points per game at Shimane Susanoo Magic last season.


He becomes the club’s ninth signing of the off-season and will rejoin with the majority of the cast that helped secure the clean sweep during his last stay on Tyneside.

The Eagles kickstart their pre-season in earnest with the MKM Euro Invitational on Monday and they are hoping to have Chapman in the country, ready to suit up alongside his new – and old – team-mates.