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Leicester Riders agree to release Anthony Simpson

Rob Paternostro
Anthony was our most versatile player and was a major factor in the games we have won

Riders coach Rob Paternostro

Leicester Riders coach Rob Paternostro has agreed to release forward Anthony Simpson from his contract to allow him to take up a lucrative deal in Korea.

Simpson, who joined in the summer, has played a key part in the team's run to the BBL Trophy semi-finals.

Paternostro, whose side lost 85-65 away against Guildford Heat in the first leg of the semi-final on Saturday, said: "It's a blow.

"I didn't want him to leave but there was no way I could stand in his way."

Paternostro added: "As a player, when you get an opportunity like that come along, it would be foolish not to take it.

"I told him I understand where he is coming from and I thanked for what he brought here to Leicester.

"When we brought Anthony in, we were excited about what he brought to the team and he certainly has shown flashes of that early on.

"I always felt if he stayed here for the full season he was going to get better and better and better. He was our most versatile player and was a major factor in the games we have won so far."

Riders had high hopes of setting up a tight second leg going of Saturday's match but were blitzed by a hugely impressive display by the Heat, who now have one foot in the final.

The hosts were on top form from tip to buzzer and even managed to rack up a 31-point advantage at one point

Leicester did give themselves an outside chance by cutting the gap in the closing stages but the Heat remain firm favourites.

The return leg is at the John Sandford Centre on Saturday.

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