Hull Pirates’ boss Dominic Osman has signed forward Gareth O’Flaherty from Manchester Phoenix.
The 26-year-old played 51 games for Phoenix last season, scoring three goals with 13 assists.
“I’m excited by the move – I’ve spoken to Dominic (Osman) about moving and I was impressed by what he has done with this team and their work ethic is something that really drew me towards the club,” he said.
“Obviously they had a tough year but they didn’t let that stop them from going after each game and that’s something I admired.
“We had a bit of a discussion about it and we agreed I’d be a good fit for the team he’s building.
“I’m a two-way forward, probably more of a defensive forward if anything. I’ve got the ability to put up points, but I pride myself more on being a more two-way forward than an all-out goal scorer.
“I’d say that speed is the best aspect of my game so I try to utilise that as much as I can.
“We’ll be looking to challenge for the league and cup and obviously making it to the final four at Coventry would be a personal goal of mine. I think we’ve got the ability to do that.”
Osman added: “Obviously he’s a player from the league and he knows the league very well.
“He’s not going to be a flashy player, but he’s going to be an up and down player in that he’ll play well defensively in our zone and he’ll bring a lot of depth to us.
“That was something that we struggled with last year, so that’s something we’re excited to add to the line-up.”