Telford Tigers have boosted their Brit-pack with the signing of forward Luke Brittle.
The 22-year-old came through the ranks at Telford before enjoying success in the NIHL with Chelmsford Chieftains and Blackburn Hawks.
Head Coach Tom Watkins said: “I’ve known Luke and his family for a long time.
It was actually Luke’s dad Alan who gave me my first opportunity in coaching with the Telford Junior Club. I like Luke as player and a person.
“I’ve followed his progress with interest, with the hope he would return home to Telford at some point. The time is right for both us and I’m very pleased he will be playing for the Tigers once again.
“He’s a talented player no question, gifted on the puck, very good hands and with good vision.
“He wants the puck on his stick and for me it’s about putting him in the best situation for him to succeed.
“He’s a skilled guy so we need to pair him with players who will compliment his skills.”
Brittle spent last season working and playing in Spain, where he collected 16 points in just 10 matches for SAD Majadahonda.
His return to Telford is part of Watkins’ strategy to build a side that includes the best locally-trained players.
“The biggest thing I took from our conversations was how much he wanted to play back in Telford,” added Watkins.
“He has a hunger and desire to play for the Tigers and that is worth a lot. It’s fantastic to have locally trained players in the line up.
“It works on many fronts but we know he will settle back into the area quite easily. I think this a good move for both the Tigers and Luke.”
Tigers are thought to be interested in adding another Brittle to their ranks, with Luke’s brother Adam also on Watkins’ radar ahead of the new season.