THE Basingstoke Bison have added even more firepower to their line-up with the re-signing of British forward Grant Rounding.

The 26-year-old was born in Johannesburg, but when the family moved to Basingstoke, a young Rounding joined the under-10 Bison.

Later in his junior career he switched to local rivals Bracknell and with the Hornets won the English National League crown in 2010.

He went onto make his senior debut during the following campaign with the Bees in the English Premier League.

He then spent a season on the Isle of Wight playing for the Wightlink Raiders at the level the Bison will play this season and returned a point a game.

After another year in the EPL with Bracknell, Rounding returned home to Basingstoke in the autumn of 2014.

He than suffered a couple of injury hit campaigns, but did play in the Bison’s EPL league winning team in 2015/16.

Last year, he played a full season of 57 games scoring five times in a points tally of 11.

However, due to the depth of offensive power last season Rounding’s ice time was limited, but for this term it will not be the case.

Rounding, who lives in the town, will be back for a fourth straight campaign with the Herd.

The forward said: “I wanted to come back and I am looking forward to the extra responsibility.

“I feel I can return a point a game this season.

Rounding added: “It is going to be a very exciting season as no one knows what is going to happen with the new make up of the league. Of course we will be hoping we can win it.”

Bison head coach Doug Sheppard said: “Grant is a fast skating forward and his speed certainly creates problems.

“He is a good leader in the dressing room and I think he will have a good season for us.”