Ex Plymouth Raiders star Antony Rowe: Move has been a blessing
FORMER Plymouth Raiders captain Anthony Rowe says his shock move to BBL title rivals Leicester Riders has been 'a blessing in disguise'.
The 27-year-old big-man stunned Raiders fans by agreeing a transfer to the East Midlands on November 16.
Rowe first broke into Raiders' senior roster in 2003/04 after coming through the club's juniors.
He left Raiders with a heavy heart after rejecting a pay cut at the Pavilions because of an ongoing knee problem.
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Raiders included a clause in Rowe's 2012/13 contract, which stated it was 'null and void' should he fail to regain full fitness by August 13 – a deadline he failed to meet when he suffered a setback following knee surgery during the off-season.
Raiders – who had recruited centre Liam Potter to cover Rowe's absence – financially could not and would not budge from their position, and Rowe's name was soon touted around the league by his agent.
Rowe looked a shadow of his dynamic former self in fleeting appearances at the Pavilions this season, completely lacking confidence.
But his knee problem, which surfaced at the end of last season in April, nows seems behind him.
He has started his Leicester career like a train, averaging 23.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in 30 minutes per game.
Rowe has shot a blistering 71 per cent from the field in two league appearances.
Leicester, who lead the BBL Championship with a 12-1 record, and Rowe visit 8-3 Raiders on Sunday-week (December 16).
It promises to be some occasion, albeit a difficult one for Rowe.
Rowe said of his new home: "I'm really enjoying it. It's been fantastic.
"We've a got a very talented group of guys. I really do feel grateful to be in this position."
Rowe, who clearly had become unhappy at Raiders, added: "It's been a while since I enjoyed basketball this much. I was devastated to leave Plymouth, but it's been a blessing in disguise.
"Sometimes you just need a change."