New den and new era for Lions

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AFTER weeks of uncertainty, MK Lions’ future in Milton Keynes is now looking secure.

The club now has a new home and brand a new focal point for basketball in the city, after fears they might have to leave the area altogether after a previous deal to play at thecentre:mk fell through.

This week Lions chief executive Vince Macaulay confirmed that a three-year deal has been reached for the club to use a warehouse in Grafton Gate - right in the heart of the city Lions have called home for more than 12 years.

The 30,000 square foot site will house a show court with room for 1,400 spectators, plus two practice courts - meaning a home for all of the clubs sides under one roof.

“Now we just have to wait for the correct planning permission from Milton Keynes Council and then we’ll be able to start work,” explained Macaulay. “It’s a huge relief to be in this position now and hopefully we’ll get what we need soon.

“We’ll have a 3D model of what the place will look like soon and fingers crossed we’ll play our first game there in November.”

With the club’s future looking secure, and the British Basketball League set to sign a television deal with Sky Sports, Lions can now look forward to what happens on the court rather than off it.

And things appear to be looking up on that front too as coach Mike New this week added 6ft 6in guard Jelani Gardner to his new-look squad set to take on the BBL.