Plymouth Raiders assistant coach granted UK visa

24 Sep 2014 | Posted by Carl Thomas

David Evans, the assistant coach eyed up by Plymouth Raiders basketball team, has been granted his UK visa.

He was first signed by the club as both a player and assistant coach back in July of this year, however, the UK visa paperwork has taken sometime for the team to arrange.

Dave Briggs, the Raider's chief executive, told the BBC he is very pleased at the news that the immigration matters have finally been signed off: "It's great news that the visas for David and his family have been issued at least.

"We are just waiting to hear when David has the passports in his hand and will get him over to the UK as soon as we can."

He added that the team had some problems with the UK immigration process, noting: "It's been an extraordinarily long and drawn out process, and we have not been given any real reason why the delay occurred."

The team ended up invoking the help of Plymouth Moor View Labour MP Alison Seabeck who has helped in similar situations in the past. Mr Biggs explained that her office contacted the player's national embassy and the visa was issued "within two days".

Evans is 37 and will come to the team from the NBA Development League in the US. He previously graduated from BYU in Hawaii and has also embarked on a professional playing contract in Norway. His stint with BYU has run since 2011 and his move to Plymouth Raiders will make him the club's eighth new arrival for the 2014-15 campaign.