Esh Group Eagles Newcastle have taken the opportunity to strengthen their roster with the signing of forward Jamal Williams, who will link up with his sibling Kai on Tyneside.
Now fully recovered from his long-term injury which was sustained at London Lions last year, Williams will head straight into practice and be considered for the game against Sharks on Friday.
Like his brother, the 6ft 5in star holds dual-Canadian/British citizenship and Fab Flournoy is thrilled to get his new recruit on board.
“We spoke to Jamal in the summer and were aware of his rehabilitation schedule. Now that he’s been given the all-clear to get back in to training and play again, we felt we had a space on our roster and could fit him in to our plans,” said the play-caller.
“This is a year when our squad is going to be tested by injuries and international call-ups for FIBA competitions and potentially the Commonwealth Games.
“When we became aware that Jamal was interested in playing here, it made a lot of sense for us to bring him in.”
Williams has played his whole professional career in the BBL since signing for Mersey Tigers in 2010-11 will make Newcastle his fifth stop having also had spells with Plymouth and Worcester – in addition to Tigers and Lions.
“Since my injury, I have maintained a good level of fitness and I have recovered ahead of schedule,” declared Williams.
“It has been a year since I have played in a BBL game, but during the past four months, I have been playing in Canada.
“It is not the same skill level as the BBL, but it has been beneficial to my game and in keeping a rhythm. I am very excited to be back in the league, I’m ready and very confident in my abilities.”
He continued: “I have always admired Newcastle’s level of professionalism, since I entered the BBL. They look after their players and have great fan support.
“I am looking forward to playing for Fab and his coaching staff. I have enjoyed playing against the Eagles and I know playing for the Eagles will be a nice change.
“Kai and I love playing together, it’s safe to say we are a package deal. I have followed the Eagles closely and have talked to Kai throughout the season. Kai is very happy with his decision to play in Newcastle and thinks it’s a great fit for me as well.”
“The Eagles already have a great roster. I hope to fill in wherever needed, with my versatile skill set and BBL experience,” concluded Williams.