O’Flaherty ‘looking forward’ to Phantoms debut

(PHOTO: Tom Scott)

Gareth O’Flaherty says he is ‘looking forward’ to his debut for the Peterborough Phantoms this weekend as his newest side travel to Swindon Wildcats before making his home debut against the Raiders.

The British Centreman joined the club on a short-term contract following his release from Bracknell Bees due to travel commitments.

O’Flaherty began his youth career at Guildford Flames, and has gone on to appear for over ten clubs including Guildford Firestars, Coventry Blaze and Manchester Phoenix.

“It feels great to have finally agreed terms with the Phantoms, even if it’s only for a short period of time,” he said.

“I’ve spoken with Slava several times over the past few years and I’m really looking forward to wearing a Phantoms shirt.”

“Having played against the team for a while now, I’d say I’m pretty familiar with their identity.

“I’m expecting to see that first-hand over the next few weeks. Over the years I’ve played with several of the guys, Nortz, Welds, Robbie, Marrsy and McEwen. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the club from them and previous Phantoms players as well.”

“My main objective is to make a positive contribution and help out as much as I can over the next two weeks.

“Obviously, for me, this also serves as a chance to possibly become a more permanent addition to the team, if things go well. Away from the rink I’m currently a secondary school science teacher which is pretty interesting and time consuming, but I still have the desire to play hockey at the highest level I can at this point in time.”

The 29-year-old was brought into the Phantoms to cover an injury to Jarvis Hunt, whilst Will Weldon is unavailable for the next few games, and O’Flaherty is set to make his debut this weekend.

“I’m sure this weekend will be a challenge, having experienced both Swindon and Raiders already this year, it’ll be an entertaining weekend.

“I think if we can keep our feet moving and stay out of the box against Swindon and get in behind London’s defence and move the puck down low, we’ll give ourselves a really good opportunity to gain four points.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to play in front of the Phantoms fans this Sunday. I’ve played a lot of games in the rink for opposing teams and the fans have always been loud and created an atmosphere. To be honest, it’ll be a relief to be on their side for once and be backed by their great support.”

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