At 41 years young, dad Jason is the most senior member of the Dragons playing squad and offers up a wealth of experience at the top end of the game, with 24 senior caps for the England men's national team and an array of honours throughout his playing career. He played a key role in Bradford's survival fight in division one last season, often playing through the pain barrier, as he suffered from plantar fasciitis, such is his dedication to the sport and to the team.
On committing to a third season with the Dragons, Swaine commented, "After a frustrating season last time around, with a bad foot injury, I am looking forward to the season ahead. Although I expect to play a different role this year, I am still excited about the challenge and the group of players we have. I still believe we have one of the best coaches in the UK and I am looking forward to the journey ahead."
Eisley stated, "This new season is something I am really looking forward to. We have a great group of guys and some new things that we are looking to implement, both offensively and defensively. I have put in a lot of work with the coaching staff and I'm looking to continue to progress, following a good season last year. I know that coach Mellor is expecting a lot from me and I am looking forward to the challenge."
Head coach, Chris Mellor added, "Eisley did well last season in his first season in men's basketball and he's worked hard to get stronger and improve other elements of his game over the summer and if he keeps progressing he can play a much more important role for us this season. Jason obviously brings a lot of experience and can still offer things as a player but his influence on players in terms of how they should prepare mentally and habits to improve are also invaluable."
The Dragons season tips off with a home National Trophy fixture against last seasons quadruple winners Manchester Magic, on Saturday 17th September, 6:15pm. However, Dragons fans will have the opportunity to see how their roster is shaping up, with a pre-season exhibition game against an American Select side, to be played at Bradford University Sports Center on, Tuesday 6th September, 7:30pm.
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