Ky­nas­ton key to Fer­rara sign­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By JAMES WEST­GATE james.west­ @Jim­my­wezz

JAMES Fer­rara has backed new coach Jon Ky­nas­ton to lead Phan­toms back to the Promised Land.

Fer­rara was named Player of the Year at the club’s an­nual awards night re­cently and his cap­ture was seen as key by the new regime along with line-mates Tom Car­lon and On­drej Lauko.

And de­spite work­ing for a coach with lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing at English Premier League level, the city born star is in no doubt that he made the right decision com­mit­ting him­self to an­other year at the Peter­bor­ough Arena.

He said: “I was re­ally pleased that the club acted so quickly to bring me back to the club. There had been a bit of in­ter­est from other teams but once I knew Phan­toms were in­ter­ested in hav­ing me back it was an easy decision to make.

“Work­ing with Jon was a fac­tor as he is a coach I know well and have a lot of re­spect for.

“There are very few peo­ple in the coun­try with his coach­ing cre­den­tials and I think he can re­ally help move the club for­ward next sea­son and make us com­pet­i­tive.

“He has a very clear vi­sion of how he wants his team to play and the play­ers he has an­nounced so far for next sea­son show he knows what he wants.”

Along with James Fer­rara, Car­lon and Lauko, Phan­toms have also an­nounced the re­turn of de­fence­man Joe Gra­ham and last sea­son’s top Bri­tish goalscorer Luke Fer­rara.

Get­ting those play­ers on new deals so early in the sum­mer is a clear state­ment of in­tent from the club to keep hold of their most-prized as­sets.

Fer­rara’s own stock has grown af­ter the for­mer Not­ting­ham Pan­thers man pro­duced his best sea­son since re­turn­ing to Phan­toms from the Elite League.

Af­ter spend­ing most of the pre­vi­ous sea­son in de­fence un­der Cur­tis Cruick­shank, the 24 year-old en­joyed a new lease of life last term, scor­ing 18 goals and adding a fur­ther 46 as­sists.

It was his most pro­duc­tive cam­paign in se­nior ice hockey and Fer­rara says fans can ex­pect more of the same.

“I was very pleased to be named player of the sea­son and I thought I had a good year,” he added.

“But I thought I did well the sea­son be­fore only peo­ple prob­a­bly didn’t no­tice me so much as I spent most of it de­fence. In the sea­son just gone play­ing with Tom Car­lon and On­drej I was very pleased with my pro­duc­tiv­ity and hope­fully that can con­tinue next sea­son.

“I think we will be play­ing with each other again and I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to that.”

HOME JAMES: City born James Fer­rara is back next sea­son.

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