MK Lightning have confirmed the return of British forward Tom Carlon for the 2016/17 season.
Carlon was Lightning’s top British goals and point scorer in the 2013/14 season – and equal third highest goal scorer in the EPL.
He has subsequently been playing and coaching in Abu Dhabi, but has decided the time is right to return to Milton Keynes.
Head Coach Pete Russell said: “I’m delighted to be able to add Tom to our roster for next season. He made contact in February and it was an easy decision to make.
“He’s a great person and a top professional who will add size and goals, which can only make us stronger. He’s strong around the hard areas and competes hard every night.
“He’s no stranger to the Lightning and its great supporters – he’s a great addition to our group and will fit in perfectly.
“I’ve coached Tommy in the national junior teams and we had some special memories together – here’s hoping we can create a few more.”
Carlon added: “I’m pumped about it – I can’t wait. When I decided we were going to move back to the UK, I knew I wanted to play hockey again, but wasn’t sure if anyone would take a chance as I’ve been playing non-contact hockey for a while.
“I got in touch with Pete to see if he would consider it and it all came together quite quickly.
“Pete coached me in my time with the GB junior teams and I learned a lot from him and really enjoyed it – so to get the chance to work with him again is fantastic.
“I always said if I was lucky enough to play in the EPL again I’d want to play for Milton Keynes because there’s such a class group of lads there – the set-up is second to none and the fans are incredible.
“The club always made my wife and I feel at home and it has the feel of a big family. I’m really happy about it and can’t wait to put on the Lightning jersey again.”
(Image permission: Tony Sargent)