December 9 2013 Latest news:
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Big Cats reveal first signing for 2013-14
Carl Josey has become the first of last season’s Leopards’ side to re-sign for the Big Cats ahead of the 2013/14 season.
Josey was a key member of the Leopards’ team who won the National Trophy and reached the Final Fours last season, and captained the team following the season-ending injury to Taner Adu.
And coach Robert Youngblood is delighted that the British forward is returning to the club, saying: “Carl was first on my list of players I wanted to re-sign this year. He was a vital player for us last season and I’m sure he’ll be very important to us again this year.”
Josey is pleased to be back adding: “I’m delighted to be returning to the Leopards.
“It was a breath of fresh air last season to be part of a club that takes pride in taking care of its players and running a professional set-up. Some BBL teams should take a leaf out of their book.
“I’m thankful that the owners and coach Youngblood have given me the opportunity to come back and help to keep the Leopards competing at a high level. I thought the fans were great and I hope they are happy I’m returning.
“I’ really excited about this upcoming season as we have added some exciting and high calibre players to assist in helping the franchise move forward and I have been putting a lot more work in during this off-season to get myself back to peak performance.”
Josey and his new team-mates will take to the floor against Team USA at Brentwood on September 6, but Leopards have confirmed Americans Greg Hernandez and Simon Cummings and Adu will not be returning.
Hernandez has retired from playing after landing the assistant coach job at his old college (Maryville), while Cummings rejected a contract with the Big Cats and is currently looking at other options.
Adu was released from his deal with the Big Cats to join Mersey Tigers, but following their expulsion from the BBL the former England international is now looking around for a club.
“We’d like to thank Greg, Simon and Taner for their contribution to last season’s Trophy winning campaign and wish them all the best for the future,” said general manager Dave Ryan.
Leopards are currently applying for visas for replacements for Cummings and Hernandez, with coach Youngblood lining up several other players.
Christine Ohuruogu and Mo Farah have been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.