Stop­per Ryan joins the Clan as coach Tripp beefs up Brae­head de­fence Net­min­der Nie is de­lighted to sign for ice war­riors

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Brae­head Clan con­tinue to make re­in­force­ments to their squad fol­low­ing the ad­di­tion of net­min­der, Ryan Nie.

The 32-year-old joins the club from Ger­man DEL2 side Eispi­raten Crim­mitschau hav­ing pre­vi­ously played un­der new head coach John Tripp while the two were work­ing in Ger­many.

He re­places Swedish stop­per, Michal Za­jkowski af­ter he re­turned to his home­land at the end of last season.

Nie re­vealed he is de­lighted to have signed for the Brae­head side, and says the move came thanks to help­ing hand from a cou­ple of fa­mil­iar Clan faces.

Nie said: “I’ve heard noth­ing but good things about Brae­head Clan and I ac­tu­ally played with Scott Pitt and against Matt Beca, who I reached out to and asked him ques­tions.

“They spoke pos­i­tively about their time at the club. I was told it’s a win­ning or­gan­i­sa­tion and they ex­pect to con­tinue that into next year.

“It’s a small world and my par­ent’s neigh­bour was orig­i­nally from Glas­gow. I was talk­ing to him about it, so all in all, it seems like a great city and I’m ex­cited for the move.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited for the new cam­paign and ex­cited for the change. My wife stud­ied abroad a few years ago and vis­ited Scot­land and she’s look­ing for­ward to go­ing back too.”

The well-trav­elled goal­keeper has fea­tured in a host of coun­tries, in­clud­ing Kaza­khstan, Nor­way as well as North Amer­ica.

But it was in Ger­many along­side Tripp that he set­tled down, rack­ing up 175 ap­pear­ances for the side.

Tripp reck­ons that Nie will go on to forge him­self as a fans favourite for the club hav­ing been im­pressed with his dis­plays abroad.

Tripp added: “Ryan’s been one of the top goalies in the Ger­man sec­ond league for a while now with Crim­mitschau. He hasn’t had a lot of suc­cess and now he’s keen to turn the page.

“I like his char­ac­ter, and I’m glad to have him on board. He’s a good fam­ily man, and he’s played a lot of games and can take 50 shots a game.

“If you ask any­one about him in that league, they would say he kept the team in it a lot in re­cent years and I ex­pect him to take on a change of mind set and a win­ning one.

“Once you start with the goalie, you can look at build­ing a de­fen­sive core. Ryan’s well tested and I don’t want him to take 50 shots a night, so we want a good sup­port­ing cast too.

“The process over­all is go­ing well, al­though it’s go­ing slower than I in­tended, but there are still so many names out there. We’re crack­ing away at it and there’s no rush.”

New man Ryan Nie

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