Finnerty wants to make Clan tougher to play against

Braehead Clan Head Coach Ryan Finnerty says he’s looking for a grittier look to his team as he looks to complete his roster for the new season.

Finnerty has brought in 12 players for his 2016/17 squad so far as the new season begins to loom into view, and he admits he wants to make Clan harder to play against.

He said: “Every year you analyse your strengths and weaknesses and build from the strengths while working on the things not so strong.

“One area we want to improve is to play grittier and be tough to play against. I think it works for us and I like coaching teams that way.

“We don’t want to bring in anyone that’s going to play one dimensional. We’re not looking for that fighting toughness – we just want a team that’s tougher to play against.

“We were as close as anyone can get to winning trophies in the last two years and we have to find a way to get over that hurdle.”

Finnerty also updated on what’s next for the team in regards to signings and the areas he’s looking to fill In the coming weeks.

He added: “It’s difficult to talk about what’s left because there’s some announcements to be made still, but we’ve still got some holes to fill in offence and at the back.

“We’re inching closer and closer to and that important one – the goaltender. We’ve been in some good talks and we’re hoping to seal that deal off.

“It doesn’t get any easier so it gets bigger and grows so the contracts take longer to tie up. But I’m happy with where we’re at and I’m putting a real push on.

“But as things stand, it looks like we’re days away from closing a few deals off that we’ve been working on for some time now.”

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