Garrigan better prepared for second year with Stars

Craig Garrigan is back for a second year in Dundee (PHOTO: Derek Black)

Dundee Stars forward Craig Garrigan insists he’s going to be better prepared for his second crack at the Elite League after re-signing for Omar Pacha’s side.

The 21-year-old was a popular player last season, weighing in with three goals and seven points after returning his native Tayside following a four-year spell in North America.

And while he admits he wasn’t sure what to expect from the EIHL last year, he’s ready for it this time around.

“In my first year I didn’t really know what to expect, it was a big step for me but I am happy to be back,” he said.

“This year I know what is expected and last year I had my chances there and then but hopefully I just take that into this season and hit the ground running.

“I had so much fun last year, with it being my first professional season so, I didn’t really want to take any other options.

“I’m pleased to be back for a second year and I liked being back home.  In fact, I would be happy to stay here as long as I can, but I’m just glad to be playing in Dundee again.”

Garrigan made over 60 appearances for Stars in his first EIHL campaign (PHOTO: Derek Black)

His coach, Omar Pacha, spoke of Garrigan’s improvement as the season went on last year and reckons he has plenty of potential.

But he has urged the Dundee-born player to move up to the next level as Stars look to get themselves back into the play-offs next year.

He said: “I think the main thing for me when reflecting on last season, was to see if Craig was going to improve and he did.

“He got better throughout the season and obviously he didn’t have as much ice time but that is just because at the start of the season, he was just not ready to play.

“Craig got opportunities to play when there were injuries and I think for the most part he did well.

“We are happy he is coming back and we are just hoping he takes another step in his progression.

“We like his potential, we like where he’s going and his work ethic, but it is up to him to get better.  He’s a good Dundee boy but he is one of those guys that has the potential to improve.”

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