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Essex Leopards bring back Bennett

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 August 2016

Dougie Bennett receives the Essex Leopards' Most Improved Player award from coach Stephen Ogunjimi (pic: Paul Phillips)

Dougie Bennett receives the Essex Leopards' Most Improved Player award from coach Stephen Ogunjimi (pic: Paul Phillips)

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Coach Ogunjimi happy to hold on to Most Improved Player

Dougie Bennett in action for Essex Leopards (pic: Paul Phillips)Dougie Bennett in action for Essex Leopards (pic: Paul Phillips)

Levett Essex Leopards’ coach Steve Ogunjimi is delighted to have re-signed guard Dougie Bennett ahead of the 2016/17 NBL Division One season.

Bennett returns to the Big Cats for a second season having been chosen as the club’s Most Improved Player by Ogunjimi at the end of the last campaign.

“I have known Dougie for a while now and he is a high character guy on and off the court” said Ogunjimi.

“His on-court savvy and clutch shooting helped us win a number of games last season and I am very happy to have him back on board.”

Ogunjimi believes that Scottish international Bennett will play a bigger part for his team this season, adding: “Dougie has earned a more consistent role in my plans for the team this year and I am very excited to see how he grabs the opportunity.”

Bennett, who had previous Division One experience with Newham Neptunes, is looking forward to another season with the Big Cats.

He said: “After a successful season personally for me, it was a no-brainer to return as I have unfinished business.

“I felt last year I gave everything I could coming back from injury, however this year I’m fitter and healthier than I have ever been.

“Leopards is such a fantastic club with so many influential people in and around it, it feels like I will get the support needed to further my career and I hope I can bring every success with me to the Leopards.

“Hopefully we can bring home the championship this season.”

Leopards’ fans will have the chance to watch Bennett and the rest of the Big Cats in action on Sunday, September 4 when Team USA Select are the visitors to Brentwood, tip-off 4pm.

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