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Otis vows to make big impact for Belfast Star

By DAVID KELLY

American Frank Otis is ready to drive Belfast Star into title contention in the All-Ireland Premier League.

Star may only be two games into their season back in the elite league but 23-year-old Otis is adamant they have enough talent to be challenging for silverware.

Star, who chalked up their first win last weekend away to DCU Saints, are back in Dublin to face Templeogue tomorrow night.

Otis believes the side can now go on an exciting run and the Weber State college graduate is determined to play a key role.

"I really believe that I can make a big impact for Star this season," said Otis, who was struggling with a knee injury in pre-season.

"I know that my athleticism is not back to 100% but I am gradually getting better and better and my speed is coming back.

"I believe that the team can feed off me. When they see me playing aggressively and going for it then they can believe they can do the same.

"I feel that I can be a leader for the team and I want to make sure that we have a winning mentality.

"When you have a young team that is not always the case but every time I go on the court I have a winning mentality and I want all our players to have that.

"We are still waiting to have the chance to play our Spanish professional and when we can that is going to make us a real force.

"I've no doubt we can be one of the hardest teams to beat and I don't see why we can't be challenging for the title."

Otis has also been impressed with Star's new Catalan coach Josep Maria Berracol, who has brought a real intensity to the side.

"Jose has been great in training. He has worked with some super players and he has a lot that we can learn from," added Otis.

"I think his knowledge is going to help us improve as the season goes on."

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