The Nottingham Lions are pleased to announce the return of veteran forward Neil Adams for the 2014/15 season.
The second West Midlands native to sign for the club this summer, his name will be familair to many, after his twelve apperances in a Nottingham jersey last season before leaving the club in December, citing personal reasons.
Once again, the 32 year-old brings a proven pedigree to the club having played in a string of successful campaigns for the Solihull Barons, including a career high of 46 points in 23 games in 2008/09.
Adams was also selected for Great Britain at both Under 18 and 20 level in the World Junior Championships and is armed with the experience that will help guide the young Lions currently coming through the ranks.
Neil took the time to speak to nottinghamlions.co.uk about the upcoming season and after a shortened campaign last time around , he shared his thoughts on being brought back to the National Ice Centre, saying;
"Last season didn’t quite go my way in scoring and I let it get the better of me, I owe Matt, Glossy, Simon and Danny massively for the second chance".
"This month I started weights and fitness training along with ice time, so come our first game I will be ready."
The former GB international is certainly up for the challenging life of being a role model, veteran player this time around, adding;
"It’s going to be a young team this year and if I can help them relax during games and feel part of the senior team then I’m happy - if they play with a smile and with no fear then there’s no limits to how good they can become."
Head Coach Matt Bradbury also took the time to talk to nottinghamlions.co.uk about his first offensive signing of the summer and said;
"I stand by what I said last season that a focussed Neil Adams can be a real asset both on and off the ice and it’s great to have him available to us once again."
"I know Neil will be glad to be back and with a point to prove to everyone, including himself - He’s well aware he didn’t do himself justice last season and it’s our job to get the best out of him and he must play to his strengths and I’m sure once he gets back with the team he’ll get that pearly smile back on his face!"
With the Laidler D2 campaign now just weeks away, the Lions pride roster is now beginning to take shape and with Luke Thomas and Adams now both signed and sealed, the recruitment process has added an impressive wealth of experience early on.
Keep checking back at nottinghamlions.co.uk over the coming days and weeks, with a large queue of signings ready to announce and at least four new faces to be added to the squad, it is sure to be a busy August in the Lions camp, as September's new season face off rapidly approaches.