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Hard work starts now for Wolves
11:02am Thursday 15th May 2014 in Sport
THIS season has seen Worcester Wolves make history.
Having gone seven years in the British Basketball League without winning anything, Wolves have now won two pieces of silverware in a matter of weeks.
They finally ended their wait for success by claiming the BBL Trophy in Glasgow in March and followed it up last Sunday with their greatest achievement of all, beating Newcastle Eagles in the play-off final at Wembley Arena.
It caps a remarkable rise for the club who have been on an upward curve ever since being formed 14 years ago.
But that has shot up steeply in the past 12 months, coinciding with a switch from playing in front of a few hundred fans on the University of Worcester's St John's campus to regularly attracting 1,300 at the University Arena.
Yet, having achieved their goals, the hard work is only just beginning.
Rather than being also-rans, Worcester will now be trying to keep ahead of the rest both next season and beyond.
No longer will fans turn out in hope. They will expect, and that brings new challenges.
As head coach Paul James has said, the bar has been raised.
With a double under their belts, the next target will be to repeat that feat and add the league title to their collection as well.
Key to that will be keeping the majority of the team together. Dismantling and rebuilding to improve in pursuit of titles is one thing, as James has done in past summers, but replacing an established winning side quite another.
Worcester will want to build on the momentum they have generated over the past months, not risk taking a backwards step with wholesale changes.
They have laid firm foundations to become an all-conquering force in the sport for years to come.
Officials have done their best to ensure the crowds will continue to flock to the arena after announcing reduced prices for 2014-15.
And everyone will be hoping the past season is the start of even greater things to come.
n Picture taken by Wolves fan Richard Barlow.
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