Weaver says EPL will improve again

Jonathan Weaver is predicting further improvements in the standard of the EPL ahead of his third season with Telford Tigers.

The Great Britain star has been a key player for the Tigers since moving to Shropshire in 2014, collecting 89 points in just 71 games.

Weaver said: “The league has massively improved in the time I’ve been at Telford – I was surprised at the standard of play when I first arrived.

“Last year there was a massive step up from all the teams. I’m not sure if that was in response to what we did the season before or just a natural improvement.

“A lot of clubs went with import netminders, but all the players stepped up a gear. I’ve no doubt that there will be similar improvements next season.”

Weaver was a revelation for GB at April’s World Championship tournament, collecting five points in five games as the national side narrowly missed out on promotion to Division 1A.

The 39-year-old enjoyed a short break after those exertions in Croatia, but he’s already looking forward to a return to pre-season training.

“Everyone needs time to recover, especially after a full season and then the World Championships,” said Weaver.

“There was a lot of travelling, and then we played five games in seven days.

“Personally, I was happy with my form, especially after a league season that was so interrupted by injury. It was good to show that I can still play at that level.

“I’m taking a few weeks off before going back into the gym. I’ll probably take another holiday later in the summer, but I want to make sure I’m fully fit and ready to go in August.

Last season left a bitter taste in the mouth, with the injuries we suffered at Telford and the disappointment with GB.

“I want to get going again and start putting that right.”

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