WBBL Team guide: Leicester Riders

It’s been almost eight months since Leicester Riders held the WBBL Trophy aloft in the last competitive game to take place.

Last season: Jesper Sundberg’s side claimed a Trophy three-peat with victory over Durham in the final game of the season. The Riders overcame Sevenoaks Suns in the Semi-Finals to avenge a loss to the same opponents at the same stage of the Cup earlier in the season.

Leicester were also closest to Sevenoaks in the league having matched their 12 wins at the time of cancellation, though they did have two more defeats to their record.

Back again: Two-time Molten WBBL Young Player of the Year Holly Winterburn is back from the US and signed a three-year deal with the Riders to strengthen a roster with several returning players from last season.

Kate Oliver and Sara Hinriksdottir have both earned Finals MVP awards, while British duo Christina Gaskin and Ella Clark bring plenty of experience and leadership upon their return.

Whitney Allen is also back on the roster alongside emerging talent Erin Hikin.

New faces: Former GB Under-20 international Hannah Robb has made the move from Caledonia Pride after continuing to improve in her four-year spell.

German junior international Anna Lappenkuper adds further talent to the back-court and is joined by fellow newcomers in Katie Januszewska, Eimhear Morris and Robyn Ainge, who makes the step up from Loughborough.

Outlook: The re-signing of Winterburn stole the early summer headlines and the Riders will be targeting more silverware to add their recent haul.