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Leopards snap up former Lion

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 October 2012

New Leopards signing Ishmael Fontaine

New Leopards signing Ishmael Fontaine

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Big Cats get Fontaine

Leopards coach Robert Youngblood has strengthened his backcourt with the addition of guard Ishmael Fontaine.

The 6’3” Englishman joins the Big Cats after just over three seasons with London Lions where he played alongside Youngblood and fellow Leopards Carl Josey and Lawrence Brown.

“I’m raring to go!” said the Leytonstone-born Fontaine. “I’m ready to work hard and very happy to be here. Coach Robert was instrumental in helping me progress from a junior to a pro and has instilled confidence and hard work in me.

“I intend to give him my best work. The Leopards have been amazing. Fred [Dicker] and Dave [Ryan] have made me feel right at home and I’m ready to help this team be successful!”

With Lukas Volskis and Josh Johnson having both left Leopards in recent weeks, Fontaine will give coach Youngblood additional options at both guard spots.

The 22-year-old is expected to make his debut in the Big Cats’ National Trophy game at Hemel Storm tomorrow (Saturday).

And a win will seal a place in the last eight of the competition for the Leopards and give them an excellent chance of home court advantage in the quarter-finals. A loss will leave them relying on other results to qualify.

n Leopards will be offering pre-game coaching to young fans (aged 8-16) before their next home game at the Brentwood Centre.

The Big Cats host Canary Wharf London Lituania in the third round of the National Cup on Sunday October 28 (tip-off 4pm), and youngsters can learn all about the game from one of the club’s American players in a one-hour session starting at 2pm.

Each fan will receive coaching, a water bottle, a picture with the player and a ticket for the game for just £8.

Places can be booked by calling 07828 470015 or mailing leopardsgm@hotmail.com.

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