‘Snubbed’ Allen won’t be back

ICE HOCKEY

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sports - By JAMES WEST­GATE james.west­gate@jpress.co.uk @Jim­my­wezz

CHRIS Allen has ruled out a re­turn to Phan­toms af­ter claim­ing to have been snubbed by his suc­ces­sor.

Jon Ky­nas­ton was an­nounced as Allen’s re­place­ment as head coach at the English Premier League out­fit last week but Allen had al­ready made it crys­tal clear he still hoped to be in a Phan­toms jer­sey next sea­son as a player.

And most fans would have wel­comed Allen back to the Peter­bor­ough Arena with open arms af­ter an im­pres­sive sea­son from the for­mer NHL star saw him score more points than any other de­fence­man in the league and earn a place in the 2012 EPL All-star team.

But hav­ing been over­looked in Ky­nas­ton’s first raft of sign­ings, Allen has re­fused to even con­sider any fu­ture of­fer to re-join the club.

He said: “I have not heard any­thing from the club about next sea­son so I have told them to take me out of their plans - I will not be com­ing back.

“I worked with the man­age­ment to en­sure the core play­ers like Tom Car­lon, James Fer­rara, On­drej Lauko, Luke Fer­rara and Joe Gra­ham were se­cured as soon as pos­si­ble and they have done that but if I am not part of that group then I am not in­ter­ested.

“I kind of knew I would not be back as coach be­fore Jon was an­nounced but I said I wanted to play for Phan­toms. But I’m a Taurus and a stub­born so-and-so and if they are not go­ing to in­clude me in the core then I wish them the best of luck and will move off else­where.”

A player of Allen’s un­doubted qual­ity will not be short of of­fers from the UK and abroad. But with wife Anna due to give birth to the cou­ple’s first child in Septem­ber, the 33 year-old may con­sider wind­ing down his play­ing ca­reer at a lower level.

But what­ever the fu­ture holds for Allen he clearly holds no grudge to­wards Phan­toms.

“I have had a lot of of­fers to play and coach in Nor­way, Hol­land and Swe­den but with a baby on the way I am not sure that I want to move to Europe again,” he added.

“I can­not see too many other clubs other than Phan­toms that I would want to play for in this coun­try so I will have to see what comes up. I may end up drop­ping down a level and play­ing for the Soli­hull Barons in the ENL.

“I don’t bear any ill-will to any­one at the club and I ex­pect Jon will do a good job any­way. From what I have seen he has pretty much hand-picked the ros­ter for the last few sea­sons any­way and I am sure he knows what he wants from his team.”

There is one thing that sticks in Allen’s craw, how­ever, and that is the thought that Phan­toms fans never re­ally got to see him at his very best.

“I thought I played well last sea­son but I think I would have had an even bet­ter sea­son for Phan­toms with just the play­ing side of things to worry about,” he added.

“I gave ev­ery­thing for the team at times as player/coach, play­ing al­most ev­ery minute of games to cover for in­juries and that caused me prob­lems at times.

“But I am al­ready work­ing to get in top shape and if I end up com­ing back to Phan­toms with an­other team I will look for­ward to see­ing the likes of Sue and Rob Hous­den, Paul Bignell and of course the fans who were great to me and the team dur­ing my time at the club.

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