Ben­tham re-sign­ing boosts the Phan­toms ICE HOCKEY

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

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.”

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