BRITISH centre Zak Wells has left Leeds Force by mutual consent, 10 days after tearing cartilage in his left knee during the club’s first ever BBL win against Manchester Giants.
Wells faces a projected six-month recovery period and will immediately undergo surgery in Leeds to repair the damaged cartilage.
Leeds Force were keen to keep Wells whilst he continued his rehab’ back to full fitness but Wells has made the decision to leave the club and undergo his rehabilitation at home in Letchworth, Hertfordshire.
Wells said: “Having an injury this early on is extremely hard to come to terms with.
“Since being here in Leeds it has been brilliant for me.
“I felt privileged that the coaches put so much trust in me and gave me a big role within the team.
“I am going to miss being on the floor with my guys.
“I wish the club all the best and I hope the surgery goes well and that I could be back soon.”
Leeds Force head coach Matt Newby added: “Losing Zak so early in our campaign is a tough one.
“We genuinely believe he is one of the better domestic prospects at his position and that was beginning to show.
“His attitude and aptitude have reflected the level of professionalism required to go very far and I think that will stand him in good stead as he recovers from this injury.
“These situations are never easy but this departure is on very good terms and there will always be place for Zak in our programme.
“We wish him all the best and a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him on the floor again in the future.”
Leeds Force entertain Worcester Wolves on Friday, tip-off 7.30pm.
And on Sunday, Leeds Force play their reverse fixture with Plymouth University Raiders, tip-off 4pm, just nine days after being edged out 83-79 on their home court.