Clan confirm Wharton deal

Kyle Wharton has signed for Braehead Clan.

The 30-year-old ‘D’ man arrives in Glasgow with a wealth of experience from around the world, moving to Britain from Japanese club Nikko Icebucks, who play in the Asia League.

Clan boss Finnerty highlighted the attributes the UK passport holder has and what he brings to his team for the upcoming campaign,” said Finnerty.

“Kyle is a solid player – he’s a good puck moving D-man with good speed, good transition and what we’re looking for.

“He’s an incredible skater, with great speed, high skill, can play in any situation and brings great size at six foot three inches and will be expected to play big minutes and a key role for us.

“We’d looked at him for a while and talked to him quite a lot over the course of the summer so it’s great to get the deal tied up.”

Wharton’s career has taken him from North America to Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark and Japan, while his arrival signals the third new face in Clan’s defensive lines for the 2016/17 season.

Finnerty added: “It’s tough to measure one set of defensemen against others from my time here, but you’re missing Jamie Fritsch and Nathan MacIver – the sort of guys that you can’t replace like-for-like.

“As good as they were on the ice, there were great guys off it and we just need to find the pieces to put the team together again.

“We’re confident guys like Kyle will come in and fill the role, but the players we lost are not easy to replace.

“However the new guys will provide something different and will be as valuable.”

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