Peterborough Phantoms have confirmed the signing of forward Sam Towner.
The 21-year-old spent three seasons in the Elite League with Hull Stingrays, before joining the newly-formed Hull Pirates in the EPL last summer.
Head Coach Slava Koulikov said: “I’ve followed Sam’s development for a few years now and all the coaches that worked with him have all told me one thing – he is a true professional.
“I wanted to bring Sam in for the past three years, but situations made it not the right time.
“Last year we managed to agree terms with Sam, but after the Stingrays folded and the Pirates were trying to produce a team in time we wanted to help, and by mutual agreement Sam stayed in Hull.
“Sam is a smart two-way hockey player, who can play in all offensive positions and is very mature for his age.
“The fans will love his never-say-die attitude and I’m very happy finally we have him with us.”
Towner added: “When Slava got in touch after the season it was a bit of a no-brainer really.
“The move now fits in well with what I’m trying to achieve outside of hockey as well as my hockey career.
“The success the club has enjoyed over the last couple of years was something that definitely interested me. Now I’m signed I’m excited to be a part of it.
“Hopefully we can build on last year with the team getting so close to silverware, and hopefully I can contribute to the team going one step further and picking up a trophy or trophies.”
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