Middlesbrough Lions sign Polish player Matt Rudzik

Matt Rudzik (right) with head coach James Thomson
Rudzik (right) has impressed in the Durham League

Middlesbrough Lions have signed Polish player Matt Rudzik to their roster for the 2011-12 Division Four North season.

The 19-year-old spent last season with Durham League side Teesside Hornets, recording 34 points and 16 rebounds.

"I am looking forward to playing for Lions, I think I will develop from the coaching here," Rudzik said.

"I hope I can do very well for the team, I have had a good response from the fans and I hope I will give them something to cheer about."

The former Middlesbrough College player is likely to start the campaign as a squad player, along with John Ford and Anthony Humes.

"Matt will provide us with cover for the starting five," coach James Thomson said.

"I have told him to expect very little but prepare for much more.

"Matt possesses incredible athleticism but the jump from local league to national league is a big one so we must nurture him very carefully."

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