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Leopards reveal first signing

PUBLISHED: 17:09 09 July 2015 | UPDATED: 17:09 09 July 2015

Roger Malpass is returning to Leopards

Roger Malpass is returning to Leopards

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Malpass to assist coach Ogunjimi

Steve Ogunjimi has made his first signing as Levett Essex Leopards’ head coach with the announcement that Roger Malpass will return to assist him on the Big Cats’ bench.

Malpass joined the Big Cats in November 2012 and was thrust straight into the limelight as he ended his debut game at Leicester Warrior as coach following Robert Youngblood’s ejection.

His second visit to the Midlands venue proved to be much more successful as Leopards won the National Trophy and he has since helped the Big Cats finish as Division One runners-up in 2014 and champions earlier this year.

Ogunjimi is delighted that Malpass will return to the Leopards coaching staff, saying: “We had a good chat at Saturday’s trial session, and I think Roger will be a great asset to us.

“He has a lot of experience both at Leopards and in the BBL with Lions, and he brings continuity and knowledge that will be invaluable.”

Malpass is excited to be returning for a fourth season with the Big Cats, adding: “I am very pleased to be returning for another season with the Leopards.

“Following Robert’s decision to resign I was unsure what I would be doing this season, but following discussions with new head coach Steve Ogunjimi I’m delighted to accept the offer to assist him in his new endeavour.

“I want to take a moment to thank Robert Youngblood for giving me the opportunity to coach at Leopards initially and for all he taught me.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of the new season and all that entails.”

n Leopards will host Plymouth Leopards Raiders in the BBL Trophy on Friday January 15.

The Big Cats have been regular entrants into the league cup of the British League over the last 11 years, and thanks to the help of Brentwood Leisure Trust will host Raiders this season.

The 12 BBL sides are joined by the reigning Division One champions along with NBL rivals Derbyshire Trailblazers and Reading Rockets and Scottish side Falkirk Fury in a competition that is played on a straight knockout basis until the two-leg semi-finals.

The final is due to be played at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.


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