‘Hutch’ is back from the land of the Gi­ants

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

JAMES Hutchinson wants to help put Phan­toms back on the map next sea­son.

The Bri­tish de­fence­man spent last sea­son with Belfast Gi­ants where he won the Elite League ti­tle and his re­turn to Phan­toms rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant coup for new head coach Jon Ky­nas­ton.

The 28 year-old has trav­elled widely, play­ing in France, Scot­land and North­ern Ire­land, but the bulk of his ca­reer has been spent at the Peter­bor­ough Arena.

Dur­ing his four sea­sons with Phan­toms, Hutchinson helped the team win four tro­phies, in­clud­ing the English Premier League tre­ble in 2009.

And de­spite suf­fer­ing one of the worst cam­paigns in their 10-year his- tory last term, ‘Hutch’ is con­vinced the good times are on their way back to the city club.

Hutchinson said: “I am de­lighted to be back with Phan­toms. The club means a mas­sive amount to me and Peter­bor­ough has al­ways felt like a home from home.

“I know a lot of the play­ers from be­ing here be­fore and of course I know Jon Ky­nas­ton well and I re­ally can’t wait to get started.

“Last sea­son with the Gi­ants was an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence for me and it doesn’t get any bet­ter than win­ning the Elite League ti­tle but I am sure Phan­toms will be in the mix to win things next sea­son.

“I cer­tainly would not have come back here if I did not think that was the case and that I would be part of a team com­pet­ing for prizes.

“The play­ers al­ready an­nounced are all ex­cit­ing sign­ings and I know Jon will put to­gether a team that will be com­pet­i­tive with the best sides in this league.”

And Hutchinson be­lieves hav­ing Ky­nas­ton at the helm could be a key fac­tor in Phan­toms’ resur­gence.

The for­mer Great Bri­tain Un­der 20 in­ter­na­tional has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with Ky­nas­ton at Phan­toms and dur­ing his spell with Hull St­ingrays in 2009-10.

“I think Jon will be a great head coach. He knows the club in­side out and he knows the play­ers too,” added Hutchinson.

“I have al­ways en­joyed work­ing with Jon and I am sure he will put to­gether the team he wants and make sure that team plays the way he wants them to.

“Speak­ing to him be­fore I signed it was clear he had a real vi­sion for where he wants to take the team and I am very ex­cited to be a part of that. He has a mas­sive amount of coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at all lev­els of the game and there is no doubt that Phan­toms will ben­e­fit from that next sea­son.”

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