CARL Josey is looking to build on a successful start to his Essex Leopards career when the Big Cats host Eastside Eagles at the Basildon Sporting Village this weekend.
The 25-year-old forward featured in both of his new side’s victories last weekend as they saw off Brixton Topcats and Medway Park Crusaders in quick succession.
And, having now became settled in the squad, Josey is aiming for even more against the Eagles in the National Cup on Sunday.
“We were pleased to have got two wins but they were both quite scrappy and we want to do even better this weekend,” said Josey.
“We’re a newly assembled side so we will get better the more we play together but the early signs are good.
“I actually went in to the games last week having not trained with the team at all.
“My move only went through on the Friday and I took my stuff to work with me just in case everything was sorted out.
“But I’m very happy to have joined because there’s a good set up here and I’m sure we will be going for trophies this season which is what it’s all about.”
Josey played college basketball in America for Virginia Military Institute before spending a season with KFI in the Icelandic Express League.
Last season saw the 6’5″ forward play at MK Lions in the British Basketball League where he averaged 5.4 points and two rebounds in nine minutes of action per game.
And it was while with the Lions he worked alongside Robert Youngblood, who now coaches the Leopards.
“Knowing coach Youngblood certainly helped me make up my mind to join the club,” said Josey who scored 10 points against Topcats and 13 in the win over Crusaders.
“He’s also brought in some really good players and that’s why I wanted to be a part of what’s going on here.
“I’m going to be moving down to Essex soon and will be living with four other players which should be quite lively.
“But hopefully things can go well with Leopards and I can stay to be a part of the club when they move up in to the BBL next season.”
Sunday’s match at the Sporting Village tips off at 4pm, with ticket prices set at £6 adults and £4 concessions.