SHOOTING guards Jermayne Laing and Ryan Holmes have re-signed for Bradford Dragons.

Laing, 24, joined the Dragons at the start of last season, having previously featured for Leeds Carnegie, and had experience of playing in the United States, where he attended prep school. He has also attended the 22ft Basketball Academy in southern France.

With Laing having enjoyed a successful 2013-14 with the Dragons, head coach Chris Mellor was keen to get him back on board and said: "It's great to have Jermayne back.

"He had a great first season for us. His speed and quickness gives us more options in transition and attacking the basket, while defensively he was one of our best perimeter players and can guard multiple positions."

Laing will combine playing for the Dragons with his studies at Leeds Beckett University, where he is reading for a degree in youth and community development.

Holmes' playing career started with the Dragons' under-18s team and he then spent two years learning his craft at Burnley College's Basketball Academy, while also playing for Burnley College Blaze in Basketball England's National Division Four.

Mellor signed Holmes to the Dragons' first team squad for 2013-14 but a serious knee ligament injury forced him to sit out most of the campaign.

Now back for a second season, the 6ft 3in 22-year-old is fit and raring to go – and is dedicated to helping the team achieve even more success this time around.

Mellor said: "Ryan is much improved from when he first came to us. He's really worked on his strength and physical conditioning and he is an excellent three-point shooter.

"He will continue to improve, I feel, because of his work ethic and toughness."

Both players will be in action at the Dragons' Den at Bradford College's sports hall this weekend when they take on Tees Valley Mohawks in the National Trophy tonight (6.15), followed by a National Cup second-round tie against Killamarsh Derbyshire Arrows tomorrow (4.15pm).