Ziedins coming back for another season
PHANTOMS have taken a big step towards redemption by signing Latvian forward Maris Ziedins for the coming season.
Former Olympian Ziedins was one of the few bright spots during a miserable 2009-10 campaign scoring 37 goals despite the fact Phantoms struggled to make an impact on the English Premier League under Doug Irwin.
First signed by Phil David back in 2008, the treble winner has become hugely popular at the Peterborough Arena and is a player many hope new coach Curtis Cruickshank will value as highly as his predecessors.
But judging by Cruickshank’s comments in the wake of the deal, being undervalued will not be a problem for Ziedins next season.
Cruickshank said: “Although I have not personally had the pleasure of seeing ‘Z’ play, everyone I have spoken to says he is a joy to watch.”
“He will be relied upon for his skill and offence but will also provide us with a wellrounded game that allows me to play him in any situation. I hope with our style of play to allow ‘Z’ to create and use his potential to the fullest.
“I have heard nothing but good things about his character and he is extremely well respected throughout this league and especially in our locker room - where it really matters.
“This is another star that we have added to our lineup and I could not be more pleased. As I said before, players like Ziedins staying with Phantoms speaks volumes about the organisation and fans who support it. I am proud to be a part of that and hopefully bring success.”
Phantoms expect to make more transfer announcements over the next few weeks.