Defenceman Mike Jones will return to Deeside Dragons next season – the latest home-grown player to agree terms with head coach Lol Paul's side.
The 27-year-old has spent the majority of his senior career with the Flintshire outfit, apart from short spells in Turkey, with Kent club Invicta and at Telford Tigers.
He joins a Dragons rearguard that already boasts the defensive talents of Matt Wainwright, Steve Fellows, Bryn Roberts and Marc Lovell. And for Paul, a strong line-up at the back gives him extra choice in choosing goalscorers, ahead of the new Laidler Conference season.
He said: “Mike Jones is a player who has always been a rock for us, and adds stability to an already strong defence. Again, he displays total commitment in games.
“Money can’t buy that sort of attitude, so I had no hesitations in bringing him back. Mike forms great partnerships with whoever he’s playing alongside in defence.
“The fact that we’ve now got five extremely good defencemen means I can start looking at bringing in more forwards. These guys will be the bedrock of my team.”
Paul’s summer transfer policy has already caused waves across the NIHL, after Wainwright and Filip Supa signed from rivals Widnes Wild. That bid for quality is set to continue throughout the off-season, as the Dragons chief assembles a roster capable of challenging for honours.
He added: “We are talking to a number of players, who have been great servants of this club. I want to keep that local link to The Dragons. But I have also got my eye on several new guys, including an import who will be a real statement of intent in this league. I want to build an absolutely lethal line-up of forwards.
“The fans here at Deeside are in for a real treat next season. My brief is to build an exciting, powerful team and I fully intend to do that.”