Kynaston key to Ferrara signing
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.