Bentham re-signing boosts the Phantoms ICE HOCKEY
PETERBOROUGH Phantoms have re-signed British utility man Richard Bentham.
Bentham has agreed terms with the English Premier League outfit after impressing with his gritty style of play during his debut campaign last season.
The Blackburn born player was a product of his hometown’s junior development programme before joining Nottingham where he made his senior debut as a 16 year-old for the Lions in 2006.
His senior career continued the following season with the Blackburn Hawks in the English National League, a brief stint in the English Premier League with Romford Raiders and Wightlink Raiders followed before the 21 year-old returned to the English National League with Invicta Dynamos.
And it was from the Dynamos that Bentham joined Phantoms where he went on to score nine goals and 11 assists in 51 games as well as becoming the team’s leading penalty-taker with 94 minutes last season.
Head Coach, Jon Kynaston, said: “It’s great to have Richard back at the club. He is a young player with potential and I believe we can help him become a more mature player at this level.
“I really like how Richie wants to play for our club – it’s an important theme to our recruitment and with that desire to be here I can expect him to give his all, always. He is also versatile to play as a forward and in defence and is capable in both positions. He is looking forward to get- ting to work with the team ahead of the new season.”
Bentham’s signing means Phantoms’ roster will have a familiar look to it with Tom Carlon, Ondrej Lauko, James Ferrara, Joe Graham and Luke Ferrara all returning for another season.
Elite League winner James Hutchinson is the only player so far announced who did not play under Chris Allen last term but Kynaston is not ruling out bring in some new faces, “I am very pleased with the way the roster is taking shape, it is all coming together well,” he added.
“There is a lot of work going on at the moment and I can confirm that we have spoken to Maris Ziedins and Jeff Glowa but at this stage those talks are still ongoing. As I said before, the team did not require major surgery but there will be the odd tweak here or there and I expect some new faces to arrive here and there.
“But these things take time as we are competing with a lot of other clubs for players although I expect us to be able to announce at least one more signing by the end of the week.”