Netminder Warren Gilfoyle has become the latest new recruit to sign on the dotted line at the National Ice Centre, as he joins the Nottingham Lions from Laidler D2 rivals Hull Jets.

MattBradburyandGilfoyleMatt Bradbury shakes on the deal with Warren Gilfoyle.

The nineteen year-old custodian brings with him an excellent reputation as a consistent and reliable back-stopper, after numerous outstanding performances playing against the Lions with the Hull Jets, over the previous two seasons.

The Worksop-born goalie is a product of the Sheffield junior academy before he moved into the senior game at Hull Arena, in the 2012/13 season.

Warren brings a very vocal and commanding game to the Lions' defensive zone, whilst his energetic play and his ability to keep a cool head in high-pressure situations left the Nottingham coaching staff impressed enough to bring him to the NIC for the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

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The Nottinghamshire native was clearly pleased to have signed up for his home county side and has no regrets about making the move from Humberside, saying;

"Having played for the Jets for two seasons you really get to know your team mates, coaching staff and management and it will be hard knowing that you won’t be seeing them three times a week but I saw this as a great opportunity to come and be a part of a well-established outfit and no doubt I will be seeing many of my ex-teammates during the coming season."

The young netminder will not be a complete stranger in his new locker room, having previously played alongside fellow Lions Tom Hovell and Dan Hazeldine for the Under 15 and Under 17 Midlands Conference sides in recent years and he has a clear target for his new career chapter in Lace City, adding;

"I want to establish myself as the number one goalie, giving the team the team a chance to win each night whilst getting us into a good play off spot for the end of the season in Solihull."

gilfoylehullmotmvlionsWarren receives his Hull Jets Man of the Match award against the Lions, at the NIC last season.

However, Warren will find himself up against tough competition for a starting place, after the re-signing of promising youngster Tom Hovell last week and head coach Matt Bradbury is looking forward to seeing the two teenagers battle it out;

"I'm hoping for Tom to push on and forge a competitive relationship with Warren, which will keep them on their toes and progressing their games to another level" said Bradbury.

"It was also going to be tough getting another top backstopper after (Alan) Levers hung up his catcher and blocker and there is no doubt Warren topped the bill for us - we are very fortunate to have two guys that are going to push each other all the way, which can only be exciting for everyone to see."

With new additions to the roster to announce virtually every 48 hours until the season begins in September, keep checking back at nottinghamlions.co.uk for more exciting signing news.

Wednesday, 06 August 2014.
Simon Ball-McQueen - Press Liaison Officer