Phantoms sign ‘a real pest of a player’
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.