Burns began his illustrious career in September 1997 for the Watford Royals before progressing to a number of top teams in the BBL whilst also enjoying a season with European side, Braunschwieg Germany.

Throughout that time Burns established his home in England and in recent years began his off court career in social work, making such progress that has contributed to his recent decision.

“My work commitments have become much more significant, and I know the effort and time required to be affective on the court is now no longer possible. Basketball has been a gift to me and I am saddened to arrive at this decision but it is the right one for me at this time” said Burns.

Sharks player coach Atiba Lyons, was disappointed to learn of Burns departure and reflected on his association as a colleague and friend. ” I really wanted Joel to be part of my first team as a coach, I have great respect for him as a player and friend and I valued his opinion. I understand his reasons fully and I I know he will be at the end of a line if needed, so I wish him all the best ” Said Coach Lyons.

Joels retirement is with immediate effect and so shall not be in attendance this evening against the Scottish Rocks, but reiterated his support for his former team mates. ” I wish the Sharks all the very best in their efforts this season and I know they are a small step away from consistant results. I will be following their results and wish them all the very best.”

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