Billingham Stars have strengthened their roster ahead of the upcoming NIHL North season with the signing of forward Jack Watkins.
The Durham-born 23-year-old returns to the North East after seven years away from the area building an impressive hockey CV.
He said: “It’s time for me to move back to my home town of Durham after being away since the age of 16.
“It was a easy choice for me – I have a few people I like to call close friends playing for the Stars – people I grew up playing hockey with, so it will be nice to play alongside some of them once again.
“It will be especially nice to do that in a Stars jersey – it’s going to be a good year.
“There’s a couple of teams I’m looking forward to playing – obviously the Stars v (Whitley) Warriors rivalry is one of them. Whitley was the first club I played a senior game for so that will be special for me.
“I played a couple of games at NIHL level when I was at Manchester and the standard was a lot better than I expected – quite physical if I remember rightly, but I enjoy the physical side of the game.
“I’d like to think I will bring a little more offense to the Stars this year – I’ve not been a player who gets a lot of points so that’s something I’m looking to change about my game.
“Obviously the ultimate aim has to be the league title – that’s something I think we should have our eyes on as a team this season.”
(Image permission: Tony Sargent)