WORCESTER Wolves have filled their final European player spot with Julius van Sauers.

The 6ft 8in versatile forward becomes head coach Matt Newby’s latest signing of the new season and the franchise’s second recruit from the Netherlands.

During the 2018-19 campaign with NCAA side Long Island Brooklyn Blackbirds, van Sauers averaged 4.75 points, 4.56 rebounds and 1.31 assists per game.

Newby is excited to work with the 24-year-old this season. Wolves kick off their campaign on Friday with a home BBL Cup clash against London Lions (7.30pm).

The club have yet to confirm his availability for that fixture.

“I am really happy to have signed Julius, he came up on the radar late whilst we were looking for our final EU roster spot and I think he fits in to our roster well,” Newby said.

“For me it was important to add strength to the forward line and with Julius we have added more versatility.

“He has the ability to play on the perimeter and interior as a position four and is well skilled.

“He also has the ability to defend multiple positions which complements our defensive scheme.

“He has international experience through the Dutch national teams’ system as a youth and a high order basketball IQ. I look forward to working with him this season.

Van Sauers is also relishing the opportunity to start the new campaign with Worcester and get to work with his new team mates.

“Worcester is an ambitious basketball club establishing a winner culture,” van Sauers said.

“I want to be a part of that and I cannot wait to play in front of the Wolf Pack.”