Birmingham Lions QB1, Sammy-Lee Baker, done for the season

Worrying news out of the Lions’ den is that starting QB Sammy-Lee Baker went down in the first quarter in the Lions second drive against Bath last weekend.

Sammy announced on Facebook yesterday that due to fractures in his spine, his time as QB for the Lions is done.

Speaking on behalf the Birmingham Lions programme, Lions Students Head Coach, Wayne Hill, shared the following statement:

Wayne HillLosing a player like Sammy for the season is obviously a big loss. Not only from a playing point of view but also from a leadership and just pure love of the sport standpoint.

The injury is something that will keep him out of the remainder of this season, however we expect him back competing for the Lions during the Flag season. Sammy has been a fantastic player for the programme and his dedication to develop has been the reason he has become one of the top players in the UK.

His experience will be invaluable in the coming weeks to support the Quarterback group in stepping up and playing their role in the upcoming games. The fact is we have been in this situation before and it is down to every player to step up and support the programme in continuing to develop. The support from around the league towards Sammy and our programme has been immense which truly shows the impact he has had on people as a player and person.

I would like to thank our medical staff of Sarah Harrison, Callum Davidson and Bobby Scarborough who were extremely professional and rigorous in the assessment and care of Sammy. Without their support we would not be able to offer the high quality support for our players’ long term health and well-being.

Obviously this is a huge loss to the Lions, and in truth Uniball as a whole, and we’re certain we join the rest of the Nation in wishing Sammy-Lee the very best, with the hope that there’s still a route back to balling for him. Knowing the Lions, they’ll always have a home for him – and you know what, we’ll happily take you on #TeamDC too Sammy – did we mention we’re recruiting?

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Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1