Phantoms are happy to play waiting game
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.