Telford Tigers coach Tom Watkins says returning forward Brandon Whistle is the man for the big occasion after bringing him back for a second season.
The 22-year-old sealed his return to the National League champions after an impressive first season that saw him pick 59 points from 37 games before the coronavirus shutdown.
And Watkins says the former Sheffield Steeler made a lasting impression, playing a key role in the Tigers winning the league and the NIHL National Cup last term.
“Brandon scored numerous penalty shot goals and he was a top performer in the cup final and showed his ability in the key games towards the end of the season,” Watkins said.
“He turned it up in the big occasions and played without fear when we had a lot to play for. He’s an exciting player to watch and capable of creating something out of nothing.
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“He has all the tools needed and formed a terrific partnership with Scott McKenzie and when he confirmed he was interested in coming back, we were very keen to make it happen. Players of his calibre are very hard to find.
“I’m very excited to be able to retain Brandon for a second season as he made a lasting impression on the club and the fans last season.
Elsewhere in the National League, Jordan Griffin moved across Yorkshire, leaving Sheffield Steeldogs to join Sam Zajac’s Leeds Chiefs.
Nathan Long also confirmed he was staying with Peterborough Phantoms for what will be his fifth season with the club.
Basingstoke Bison have landed forward Aidan Doughty, picking him up from rivals Bracknell Bees, while Blahosav Novak is back in Raiders colours next season after agreeing to another campaign with them,
NIHL Division 1 South
Joe Edwards (F) – re-signed with Oxford City Stars
Mason Wild (D) – re-signed with Solent Devils
Tom Annetts (NM) – joined Raiders 2 from Bracknell Hornets