Phan­toms sign ‘a real pest of a player’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds -

JAMES Spurr has signed back on with Phan­toms to com­plete his six-year trans­for­ma­tion from raw rookie to se­nior star.

Spurr (20) has been at the Peter­bor­ough Arena since 2004 dur­ing which time he has lifted the KO Cup and was part of the tre­ble team that won the english Premier League, ePL Cup and play-off ti­tle in 2009.

And hav­ing en­joyed a break­through sea­son last term when he scored 15 goals in a strug­gling team, Spurr is de­ter­mined to con­tinue his devel­op­ment un­der new coach Cur­tis Cruick­shank.

He said: “i was keep­ing my op­tions open as i was not sure what Phan­toms’ plans were for next sea­son but when i got the call i knew i wanted to come back.

“Last sea­son was a dis­ap­point­ment for the team as a whole but per­son­ally i had my best ever to­tal points-wise even if i did strug­gle un­der Doug ir­win at times.

“But hav­ing spo­ken to Cur­tis and heard his ideas for the team i know that he can help me de­velop as a player in a way ir­win could not.

“But i will be do­ing a lot of work to pre­pare my­self dur­ing the sum­mer and will be work­ing hard on my shoot­ing and gen­eral strength so that i come back and do even more for the team next sea­son.”

The rocket-heeled winger has long been known in the ePL as a player with bags of po­ten­tial and now he has added goals to the mix.

Cruick­shank wasted no time adding a player he de­scribes as ‘a lit­tle pest’ to his ros­ter.

“i mean this in the nicest way pos­si­ble but James is a real pest of a player for op­pos­tion teams,

“He works so hard ev­ery shift and he does a lot of good, hon­est work out there which is what i want from my team,” said Cruick­shank.

“And to have got 30 points from the third line shows what tal­ent he has and along with the likes of Car­lon and Steve Dun­combe, he is a player i re­ally ex­pect to be mak­ing the most of their po­ten­tial next sea­son.

“i want these play­ers to be push­ing the other more se­nior guys for their ice time and to cre­ate that com­pe­ti­tion that will make us a win­ning team again. James is my type of player, a real team guy and it is very im­por­tant to have that to make it all work.”

Cruick­shank also re­vealed he is clos­ing in on at least two im­port play­ers for next sea­son and ex­pects to be able to make an an­nounce­ment in the next few weeks.

RE-SIGNED: James Spurr will be play­ing for Phan­toms again this sea­son.

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