British forward Tom Sherlock has left Newcastle Eagles by mutual consent.

The Derby native had been on Tyneside for fifteen months and enjoyed a terrific first professional season after being handed a contract in the wake of successful open trials held by the club during the summer of 2006.

Sherlock won a BBL Championship play-off medal and was voted the Most Improved Player last season by the club’s supporters after establishing himself in the Eagles starting line-up just a couple of months into his rookie professional season.

Eagles Managing Director Paul Blake is disappointed that things have not worked out between the club and the player who is now considering pursuing other interests.

He explained “Tom is definitely a talented player and he is a great lad who has given this club a lot in a very short space of time.”

“He won the BBL championship in his first professional season and not many players can say that.”

“He has had a huge impact since he arrived for an open trial and I am sure he is proud of what he has achieved and so he should be.”

“We were lucky to get him for last season from those trials when there were no guarantees and we were even more fortunate that he contributed so many minutes”

“We were all hopeful that he would continue his progress this year but things haven’t worked out and Tom is now hoping to pursue other interests”