The Nottingham Lions are delighted to announce the return of veteran forward Stuart Parker to their 2014/15 roster.
The 42 year-old, current coach of the Under-14 Nottingham Tigers side has once again, come out of retirement to join Matt Bradbury's side.
Stuart is certainly no stranger to the hockey fraternity in the city, having come through the local junior set-up before making his first senior appearance for the Nottingham Panthers back in 1987.
The former Great Britain Under-20 international spent two seasons with the Panthers before moving to their local rivals Solihull Barons. He returned to Nottingham in 1991, spending another season with the Panthers before going on to play for the likes of Blackburn Hawks, Bracknell Bees and Murrayfield Racers.
He then joined the Peterborough Pirates in 1993 and later returned to Solhull, notching up impressive points totals along the way.
The imposing forward player, who can play on either wing or in the centre, previously joined the Lions on a short-term deal back in January 2013 and played a vital role in Nottingham's NIHL Division 2 North championship winning campaign, notching up eight goals and sixteen assists from nine apperances.
Lions head coach Bradbury was clearly pleased to have added another experienced addition to his young squad, saying;
"'Stuey’s' got the hunger and passion again and when you’ve played the game at the highest level you just can’t get it out of your system and he’s come knocking and it’s really exciting to get him back onboard again."
"People that think that because of his age 'Stuey' won’t be able to do a job – if critics want to explore that further they should look no further than Perry Doyle in Solihull - I’m sure he’d have something to say about thatl!”
"The fact of the matter is that you cannot buy that sort of experience and composure on and off the ice - in particular with the youngsters skating so well and creating chances its only a matter of time before Stu pops up and the puck’s in the back of the net - it can only help with their development, it also adds confidence to the team and most important all of the lads get on with him and respect him too."
“The games we have lost so far have all been by one goal and buy bringing someone like Stu into the team will give us more options in front of the opposition net, especially on the special teams.”
Parker looks set to make his second Lions debut this weekend as the Lions travel to Telford to face the Tigers on Saturday evening (5.30pm) before returning to the National Ice Centre the following day, for a Sunday night showdown against Widnes Wild (7.30pm). Ticket details are available by clicking here.