Peterborough Phantoms have confirmed forward James White has signed his first full-time professional contract with the club.
White iced for both the Phantoms in the EPL and Peterborough Islanders in NIHL2 South last season and the club are hopeful he can establish himself at the higher level.
Head Coach Slava Koulikov said: “James had an early injury last season that put him back a couple of months, but he came back strong and won his place in the line-up and did really well, excelling in certain games.
“With the direction we are taking this season James will get regular ice time, which will continue his development into a good British player.”
“I want to see healthy competition for places next season, with guys pushing each other and making our team better.
“I’m pleased James will be one of those players, as I believe he has the qualities to do so.”
White added: “Getting a full-time spot at the Phantoms is something I’ve wanted for years.
“As a junior that is your aim to play for your senior team, and after so many years of watching and supporting the club I can now play for them on a full-time basis, which is great.
“It’s going to be tough with the increase of imports up to five, but I feel with the youth and hunger we have we can still compete at a high level with the higher budget teams, and believe we can win something next year for sure.”
(Image permission: Alan Storer)