The 24-year-old has been announced as the second summer signing for the Stars, following on from Joey de Concilys, as Marc LeFebvre gets his plans well underway for the 2017/18 campaign.
“When I was looking around at my options for the summer, I got talking to Marc and he gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse,” said Harding.
“He told me Dundee was a nice place to play and I would be playing more, on a third line with a penalty-killing role and that really appealed to me.
“I also spoke to Paul Swindlehurst, who played for the club before and I chatted to him about it and he told me he had a great time playing there and it helped his game by playing a lot.
“He also told me they helped him develop, so that really sold it for me in the end.
“It feels like the next step in my career and I hope it does for me what it did for Swinny by helping me improve and further on, help me in getting into the GB team.
“Every British player wants to go and do that and unless you play regularly, you won’t get that chance. I’m far from that certainly, but even playing more helps me get closer.”
Harding also reflected on playing against Dundee for Manchester last season, particularly as the battle for play-offs between the teams intensified in the final weeks.
He added: “I liked playing against the Stars and I particularly liked playing in the arena. They had big ice and the fans there always made it a good atmosphere.
“They were always close games and good battles with them. I think I even scored against them a couple of times.
“The games at the end of the season were more intense as we battled for a play-off spot and they beat us, which didn’t do us a lot of good, but we managed to get there in the end.”
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