Clan goalie back for a third season

Gary Russell has agreed a third season with Braehead Clan.

The 27-year-old goalie has made 29 appearances in all competitions for the club since arriving from NIHL side Solway Sharks in 2015.

Russell said: “I’m looking forward to the challenge of trying to prove myself to the new coach. But more ice time again is what I’m looking for next season.

“We’ll see who gets brought in to work with me. Hopefully they can bring my game on and in the same way, I can help theirs as well.

“Being the back-up goalie is the hardest in my opinion, as you could be thrown into action with the team three or four down.

“Other times, you’re playing from the start to give the other guy a rest and while it can be a difficult task, I get on with the guys the best I can and have a laugh.

“I’ve learned a lot from working with Chris Holt and Michal Zajkowski in the last couple of years and I’ve just taken that onto the ice.

“They are both two different kinds of goalies, so it’s good to learn how to the play the position from their point of view.

“I’ve learned different types of games and taking that experience has helped me a lot and I’m looking forward to more next season.

“I would also love to play for GB and it’s something I’ve never had the chance to do, but something I want to achieve.

“Putting on the GB jersey gives you a pride that goes through you and it’s something that I want to go out and do.”

The club’s Hockey and Operations Director Gareth Chalmers was pleased to tie up Russell for another season as new coach John Tripp continues his preparations for the new campaign.

“Bringing Gary back was something we were very keen to do and he’s a player who works really hard for the team,” Chalmers said.

“Whenever he was needed he delivered with good performances and as well as being a player the fans get behind, he was popular in the dressing room as well.

“Rusty’s return is one that will please a lot of people and the extra responsibility he had on the ice showed how professional he is.

“I’m glad to have him back at the club and he’s someone we enjoy working with at the Braehead Clan.”

(Image permission: Carol Ann Jardine)

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