Kostal returns to lead the Wildcats

Swindon Wildcats have confirmed Jan Kostal has agreed a fifth season with the club.

The 37-year-old scored 16 goals with 11 assists in 59 EPL games last season and he will captain the team again next term as they begin life in NIHL1 South.

Wildcats’ boss Aaron Nell said: “Jan brings leadership and professionalism – if we’d still been in the EPL I still would have had him back. He was always part of our plans for next season.

“He’s a great person, a great player and a great leader in the dressing room. With people like Jan we’ll have a successful season.

“It was a quick decision for myself and Jan to make and we’re delighted to have him back next season.

“Jan can play anywhere and he will do anything for his team, he’s going to be a very important player next year. We’ll have a young team again and he is so important in showing them how to be professional.

“The captain is one of your most valuable players and everything he brings is so important. Jan will go down as a legend in Swindon and I think he changed people’s thinking when he arrived. We’ve had good imports before Jan arrived, but he’s different gravy.

“His whole attitude and professionalism around the locker room has been brilliant. I think him getting the players’ player of the year award shows how respected he is in the locker room and what he means to our club.”

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