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