Ex-Phoenix forward joins Phantoms

Peterborough Phantoms have announced their first signing for the 2016/17 season with forward James Archer agreeing a deal to join the club.

Archer (above right) started his senior career in Peterborough back in 2003/04, going on to gain valuable experience with a variety of clubs in the EPL and Elite League.

In 2008 he joined MK Lightning before making the switch to Sheffield Scimitars the following season.

He moved to Manchester Phoenix in 2010/11, where he established himself as on of their top British players.

Head Coach Slava Koulikov said he was delighted to welcome Archer back to the club: “He holds all the qualities which is a perfect fit for the ethos of our team – he works hard and is very much a team guy.

“We played with each other in Manchester and I know he will be a great asset to us on and off the ice.

“James will bring great EPL experience, having won, leagues, cups and play-offs and for a guy of such a young age.

“He has a great shot and is an impeccable goal scorer, which will only benefit us as a team. I’m looking forward to him joining us and working together.”

Archer added: “Peterborough is a club I have history with and when I was there as a youngster I made plenty of friends who myself and my family still keep in touch with.

“I like what Slava is doing and where he wants to go with the club, having played together in Manchester I know what to expect and also what he expects from me next season.

“I’m looking forward to a new challenge, joining a new team and hopefully I can help bring some trophies back to Bretton.”

Phantoms have also confirmed Craig Scott has left the club, with MK Lightning and Cardiff Devils two clubs believed to be interested in signing the dual-national forward.

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