Esders agrees Clan return

Braehead Clan have confirmed the return of Lee Esders to their roster ahead of the 2016/17 Elite League season.

The 27-year-old  is back in Scotland after a stint with Guildford Flames last season, where he won the EPL Cup and play-off title.

Clan Head Coach Ryan Finnerty said he never lost contact with Esders after he left the Clan back in November and was pleased to have him back.

“We were basically in a position to offer him a deal where he’ll stay with us and fill in as injury cover – he’s going to be called upon when we need him,” said Finnerty.

“I’ve known Lee for a long time and he’s always been contemplating ‘what’s next’ and life after hockey and he got the opportunity to go to Guildford.

“It worked out as he won some trophies with Matt Towe and it worked out really well for him. It was a tough spot for him, but we never lost contact in the time he was away.

“We have a long history and I congratulated him on winning the play-offs. Guys like that you build a relationship over time that’s more than hockey at some points.

“It’s a really nice security blanket and he’s right on the doorstep having moved to Glasgow, so it’s good.

“He’s a veteran of the league and plays his role very well. He went away, won a championship and now he’s back for a new season with a new team. It’s great to have him part of the group again.”

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