The Nottingham Lions have pulled off another coup with the announcement that GB international Marc Levers will be icing for the Lions on a two-way deal from their Elite League neighbours Nottingham Panthers.

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Marc Levers in action for the Panthers – Photo courtesy of www.uniqueimages.co.uk ©

Marc is the fourth Panthers player to sign a two-way deal for the 2012/13 season following earlier deals with winger Josh Ward and netminders Dan Green and Sam Gospel.

The 31 year-old, Derby born forward learned his trade as a junior in Nottingham before playing one season with the Lions in 2000/01 and picking up an impressive 41 points from 28 games.

Marc then had brief spells with Isle Of Wight and Basingstoke before winning a Challenge Cup with the Panthers in 2003/04. Three seasons and a League Championship with Belfast then followed, before Marc returned to his local club to claim four more Challenge Cups and two Playoff Championships.

Head Coach Matt Bradbury was clearly delighted with the signing and was in little doubt about how much positivity Marc’s capture would bring to the team, saying;

“To have someone of Marc’s experience and stature within the team will no doubt excite many people and not just fans of the Lions.”

“He has played for the Lions before – some years ago, they gave him the opportunity to make the transition of playing senior hockey before moving onto bigger and better things.”

“What I like about Marc – he comes to practice and plays hard every night, he gives his all and it’s something that’s not changed in him over all these years.”

“I have no doubt that his involvement in the team will be a massive confidence boost to our young players who have an great opportunity to watch and learn from a true professional – and knowing Marc he’ll be looking forward to pulling some of the youngsters to one side and helping them with their game.”

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Photo courtesy of www.uniqueimages.co.uk ©

“As with all the two-way players Marc will only play when the fixtures allow – however there is a strong possibility, having looked at the fixtures that he should be available for a good eight to ten games or so.”

“We have Corey’s blessing on this one and thank the Panthers for their support once again.”

With the start of the season just two weeks away don’t forget to keep checking back on nottinghamlions.co.uk for all the latest news from the Lions’ camp.

Monday, 20 August 2012.
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