Russell belongs to Glasgow

(PHOTO: Al Goold)

Glasgow Clan Chief Operating Officer Gareth Chalmers says pinning down head coach Pete Russell for another season was a top priority.

The Scotsman, who is also the head of the GB national team, is returning for a second season after a relatively successful first campaign behind the bench.

And Chalmers revealed there had been interest in the 44-year-old, who joined the club from Milton Keynes Lightning last April.

“It was my number one priority to retain Pete, as we’ve had there have been a lot of suitors in the UK and in Europe following the season we had,” Chalmers said.

“Work is already well underway for the 2019/20 season and Pete has already started the process of retaining a core of this season’s team and recruiting his main targets.

“I am delighted to be able to bring Pete back for a second season with the club.”

Russell has enjoyed a successful first year at Glasgow Clan (PHOTO: Al Goold)

Russell led the club to a fourth place finish, returning the Gardiner Conference title and took the club to a semi final place in the Challenge Cup.

However they couldn’t make it past the quarter final stage of the play-offs, where they were knocked out by Guildford Flames at the weekend.

Russell has also enjoyed success internationally, winning two gold medals and leading GB to the top tier of the IIHF World Championships, which will take place next month in Slovakia.

Now he’s looking forward to building on what he started as a second year awaits for him in Glasgow.

Russell said: “I’m very privileged and honoured to be here again next season as head coach and I’ll give my all to continue to make the Purple Army proud of their club.

“Together, this season we became stronger and I’m looking forward to working with the returning players, new players, staff and of course our superb fans to continue making the right steps forward.”

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