Leicester RidersJelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders have added to their squad by signing guard Adam Williams to the roster for the 2009/10 season.

The 26-year-old previously played for the club in 2006/07 when he was in the line-up alongside Coach Rob Paternostro. The pair were also team-mates at Birmingham the following year.

"Obviously he is a player I know a lot about having played with him both for the Riders and Birmingham," said Paternostro. "Even at just 26 he is an experienced BBL player now, I think this will be his seventh season in the league, and he will certainly add depth to our squad for the upcoming season.

"Adam has always been the kind of player who will do whatever it takes to win. I have always been impressed with how hard he plays, both in practice and in games. He's a good shooter and can attack the basket well, I'm happy to have him on board."

In 2007/08 he averaged a career-high 15 points and 5 rebounds per game for Birmingham and last season he played for Worcester Wolves. Williams spent another three seasons in the BBL with Birmingham prior to joining the Riders.

Williams will also play a significant role for the club off- court with their community development and schools' programmes.

Riders General Manager commented "Adam is going to be a great addition to our club. A fundamental part of the club is our community programme. We have worked very hard over the last 2 years to build basketball into the heart of the community. I feel Adam will be an exceptional asset to everything we are trying to do in Leicestershire."

The Riders have also confirmed a pre-season double- header at John Sandford Sports Centre the week before the BBL season gets underway. Riders will take on local rivals Derby Trailblazers on Friday 18th September and then American touring side USA Select the following day.

Both games will tip-off at 7.30pm and special priced two-for-one advanced tickets (£9 adults and £6 children), which gain entry to both games, are available from the club's website www.leicesterriders.co.uk.

Source: www.bbl.org.uk