Rosehill looking forward to new role

Recent Braehead Clan signing Jay Rosehill says the chance to play a different role next season was a big draw for him.

The 31-year-old is best known for his physical style of play, but is keen to showcase his other talents as he gets ready to try life in the Elite League.

“I’ve played physically for a few years now and while that’s a style I like to play, I want to show off the other aspects of my game,” the former NHL star said.

“I can skate pretty well and make some plays. It feels like a nice mix where the physical side of it will be involved, but I’ll enjoy playing a little too.

“I’m looking forward to adapting my game to fit both sides of my games.

“The coach is telling me I’ll pay some big minutes and I feel like the game has changed so much in North America that some people can’t see past that and I’m always playing the same role.

“As I’m getting older the league’s getting younger and there’s nothing there for me to do any more. It’s exciting for me to play some minutes, play in the top lines and contribute overall.

“I’m looking forward to the new season big time and I’ve been training hard all summer. I didn’t know where I was going to end up, but I can’t wait to get started.

“It’s just a matter of getting everything taken care of and in order. My wife had a baby boy last week and he’s doing really well, so we’re looking forward to getting over.

“Playing overseas was something I always wanted to do later in my career and it made sense for me to do it now.

“Once I got talking to Braehead it all came together and I’m pleased to be part of the team for next season.

“The players that have been coached by Ryan (Finnerty) have nothing but good things to say about him. I haven’t won a championship in my career, but I’d love to do it at Braehead.”

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