Iles ready to follow Fife’s great goalies

Fife Flyers netminder Andy Iles believes he has what it takes to continue the great tradition of great goalies at the Kirkcaldy club.


Since joining the Elite League in 2011, names like Garrett Zemlak, Kevin Regan, Bryan Pitton and Shane Owen have come and proved to be really astute signings between the pipes.


But Iles is more focused on the doing the right things for himself and the team at the moment, insisting his job is easy.


“I hope to live up to the great goalies they’ve had at this club in the last few years, but my focus is doing the right things, being professional and get better in each game,” he said.


“Being a goalie is a pretty easy job and we’ve only got one job, to keep our team in shifts and give us a chance to win every night.


“There will be nights where you’ll have a lot of work and other nights will be quieter, but you have to keep it on an even keel.


“I’ve been fortunate to play in front of good fans down the years, but I’ll bring the compete level and the energy and that will be my focus this season.”


Fife have only one game to concentrate on this weekend – the visit of Coventry Blaze, coached by former Flyers hero Danny Stewart on Saturday.


Iles thinks it’s a good thing to be able to put everything into their opening game of the league season after a pre-season that he has enjoyed.


He added: “It’s great to have only the one game this week.  Pre-seasons are awesome and you need the practices and the game time to get you ready.


“For us, we accomplished a lot in the pre-season and got to play against teams from different countries and test ourselves against different styles of play.


“We then played in the Scottish Elite Cup and got things going in the Challenge Cup to get more of a competitive edge going and see where we are as a team.


“We’ve really tried to be detailed about everything and I think getting a chance to lay it all out there for 60 minutes in one game is nice.”

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