Phan­toms are happy to play wait­ing game

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

ICE HOCKEY: Phan­toms owner Phil Wing is con­fi­dent the club’s softly softly ap­proach in the trans­fer mar­ket will pay off.

So far this sum­mer Phan­toms ap­pear to have been stand­ing still on the re­cruit­ment front while many of their English Premier League ri­vals have been fran­ti­cally re-build­ing play­ing ros­ters for the com­ing sea­son.

Over the past few weeks EPL play-off cham­pi­ons Slough Jets, and north­ern heavy­weights Manch­ester Phoenix have all but com­pleted their line-ups af­ter a fran­tic spell of ac­tiv­ity while other clubs have also been wav­ing con­tracts around the Bri­tish hockey scene.

But that has not been the case at the Peter­bor­ough Arena where the sign­ing of winger James Spurr took the num­ber of play­ers com­mit­ted to Phan­toms for next sea­son to just six.

Ac­cord­ing to Wing, how­ever, such pru­dence could well play into Phan­toms’ hands.

He said: “We are not just go­ing to rush out there and grab the first play­ers that come up. We have a new coach who wants to build a team rather than a col­lec­tion of in­di­vid­u­als and that takes time if it is to be done prop­erly.

“Who is to say that the per­fect player might only be­come avail­able in Au­gust. If we had made all our sign­ings by that point then we would not be able to act. The sea­son is still three months away and I am con­fi­dent we will have a win­ning team in place by then.”

And Wing’s views are shared by coach, Cur­tis Cruick­shank, the man charged with bring­ing the good times back to Bret­ton.

He said: “I have been given the back­ing by the club to build a win­ning team and it is not some­thing I am go­ing to rush just so we have a few names to an­nounce.”

One player un­likely to be back is Cana­dian Brent Gough who is due to get mar­ried this sum­mer and ap­pears un­likely to re­turn to the UK af­ter a rel­a­tively lack­lus­tre sea­son in the EPL last term.

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