Roger returns to Leopards

Essex Leopards v Leeds Carnegie, 26 Apr 2014; Roger Malpass;Levett Leopards’ coach Steve Ogunjimi has announced his first signing of the 2016/17 season, with assistant coach Roger Malpass returning to the club.

It will be Malpass’ fifth season with the Big Cats, having joined them in November 2012. The former MK Lions assistant 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 the following year as well as helping Ogunjimi reach the play-offs in his debut season.rogerandsteve

Ogunjimi is pleased with his first signing of the summer: “I am very happy to welcome Roger back as he is a very solid and important part of the Leopards’ coaching staff” he said.

“Roger has the experience and skills to be a head coach in this league, so I am delighted to have is abilities on our team as we attempt to improve on last year and bring some silverware back to our organisation.”

Malpass is also pleased to be back with the Leopards: “I’m very happy to return for a second season assisting Coach Steve Ogunjimi. We have a very similar approach to how we like the game to be played which helps us get our message across.

“A new season brings new challenges, and hopefully we can recruit well and challenge for honours again this season.”

The Leopards’ assistant also had a message for the club’s fans: “We look forward to your vociferous support again spurring us to victory.”

The Big Cats are already back in training at their Oaklands Academy as they make their earliest ever start to pre-season, and their fans will have a first chance to see them in action on Sunday September 4 when Team USA Select are the visitors to the Brentwood Centre, tip-off 4pm.