The Nottingham Lions are pleased to announce the re-signing of veteran defenseman Luke Thomas, for their 2017/18 Moralee Conference campaign.
31 year-old Thomas has signed on the dotted line at the National Ice Centre, as he prepares for his sixth consecutive season with the Lions, and his tenth in total.
After beginning his senior hockey career in his hometown of Solihull, Thomas then turned his attention to Nottingham for the 2005/06 season, going on to make 54 appearances for the Lions, before returning home to re-sign for the Barons midway through the 2008/09 campaign.
After a successful second spell at Hobs Moat Road, Thomas returned to the NIC in 2012 to captain the Lions to a Laidler Conference championship in his first season, and has been a mainstay in the team ever since.
Speaking about his reasons for sticking with the Lions for another year, Thomas said:
“Having chatted to Matt (Bradbury) and Gloss (Paul Glossop) regarding their plans, it wasn't a hard decision to sign up for another season. I've been at Nottingham for the majority of my senior career and this is the opportunity that we have been working towards for some time now.
“We are all aware just how difficult this season is going to be. We are a pay to play team with guys that play for the love of the game, yet will be coming up against teams with budgets of around £2000 a week. The key is going to be learning quickly and adapting to the much quicker play than we have faced over the last few seasons.”
Going on to talk about what he can bring to the side, Thomas added:
“The main aim for the Lions is to develop future talent, so I think the most important quality is being able to pass on my experience to the younger guys and be a figure that they can rely on in the changing room. We generally have a speedy, attacking team across the board, so as usual it will be my job to look after our own zone first and foremost.”
Keen to sing the praises of the dependable D-man, head coach Matt Bradbury said:
“Luke is a great team player, a real Nottingham stalwart and his hockey means a lot to him. There's no doubt with the step up in leagues this season, it's going to be a tough year but I can guarantee Luke's effort will be 100% every game.
“Aside from his playing, Luke is busy coaching the Nottingham Under-9s this season and I'm sure his knowledge and love for the game will be of valuable help in developing junior players, alongside all of the other club volunteers.”
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Thomas becomes the fourth addition to the Lions roster for the new season, with Warren Tait, Elliot Perrin and Richard Slater having already signed contracts.
With more new signings and re-signings still to be announced over the coming weeks, keep your eye on the club’s website and social media for all the latest updates.