Plenty of bark left in the old ‘Dog’ in­sists Phan­toms vet­eran Dwayne

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

DWayNE New­man will have to be car­ried out of the Peter­bor­ough arena ‘feet first’ rather than call time on his Phan­toms ca­reer.

The 38 year-old vet­eran defenceman has just signed a deal com­mit­ting him­self to the city ice hockey club for an­other sea­son af­ter win­ning the re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion of new coach, Cur­tis Cruick­shank, in a se­ries of meet­ings be­tween the pair.

and while New­man is now at an age when some play­ers might con­sider re­tire­ment from such a phys­i­cally de­mand­ing sport, ‘The Dog’ is clearly de­lighted to be back on the leash.

He said: “To be hon­est I don’t want to dis­cuss re­tire­ment any­more. I love the game and feel fit enough to de­liver on the ice for Phan­toms. The only way I am leav­ing is if it’s feet first.

“I took a bat­ter­ing last sea­son but I am fight­ing fit again and if I didn’t feel I could de­liver then I would not have signed a new deal. Cur­tis and I spoke a few times and once I knew there would be a deal on the ta­ble I did not hes­i­tate.”

New­man - a tre­ble win­ner with Phan­toms in 2009 - also re­vealed that the per­ceived fail­ures of last sea­son were an­other rea­son he never even con­sid­ered hang­ing up his skates.

“Last sea­son hurt us all badly and we want to set that right if we can. The guys are work­ing re­ally hard al­ready. We have all been out for a few runs to­gether and the buzz and the hunger is def­i­nitely there for all to see,” he added.

“We all want to get back to where we feel this team be­longs. We want to ban­ish the mem­o­ries of last sea­son and I am de­lighted to be back to play my part in mak­ing that hap­pen.”

Phan­toms are ex­pected to re­veal a num­ber of new sign­ings be­fore the week­end.

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