MK Thunder confirm first signings for 2015-16
MK Thunder are pleased to announce that their Head Coach, Paul Gore, will remain in that role with the club for the 2015-16 season. Sam Fairhurst will also stay on, in his supporting role as assistant coach.
After a successful first season after which Paul was named NIHL South Coach of the Year by his peers, the club's General Manager Dave Fairhurst commented: “I’m delighted that Paul has agreed to continue coaching the Thunder. He had a fantastic season, achieving everything we asked of him. and more. The players all respect him which is so important at this level.”
Coach Gore has wasted no time in starting to sign the players he needs to build on the success of last season and move Thunder up to the next level. First on that list was British forward Ross Bowers, who joins Thunder after four seasons in the English Premier League with MK Lightning. "Ross has the speed and skills to add a real goalscoring threat to our forwards," commented Paul Gore. "He put up over two points a game when he last iced for Thunder before moving up to Lightning, and brings a huge amount of EPL experience to our team”.
Having a great netminder is the basis for any team and Thunder moved quickly to retain retain the services of Damien King as starting netminder. Coach Gore commented, “Damien is up there with the very best in the league and showed last season how important he is to us. He was named in the recent NIHL All Star team and without him last season we’d never have achieved what we did. So it was a huge relief when he agreed to play next season, especially knowing the competition we faced from other clubs”.
Also returning is Jamie Line, Thunder’s top points scorer from last season and team captain. Jamie’s speed and ability was the scourge of opposition defences last season while his passion shines through in everything he does. “I relied heavily on Jamie last season, both as captain and to lead our offence and he did a fantastic job for us” remarked Paul Gore. “The league recognises what a dangerous player he is but he’s too quick for the opposition most of the time!” Jamie also appears in the NIHL All Star team.
More names will be announced soon, as Paul Gore moves to complete his roster for next season.