Barons go Wild for Development
The Widnes Wild are delighted to announce they have agreed to work together to develop young players to play with Solihull Barons in order to enable for them to gain experience of playing at a higher level. Â Â The first players to benefit from this initiative will be Kieran Strangeway, Tom Jackson and George Crawshaw.
At the start of the season the Wild made it clear that they intended to gain promotion to the Moralee conference and to ensure that they gave the opportunity to their players to develop so that they would remain with the club after promotion and enable the Wild to be competitive at the higher level.
Players from the Wild will be able to play for the Solihull Barons only when the Wild donâ€™t have a league or cup fixture and the Wild will remain the playerâ€™s priority.Â The purpose of the agreement is to provide a great opportunity for our young players to get additional ice time as well as experience of playing with and against quality players at a higher level.
As well as providing the opportunity for Wild players to play for the Barons, both Barons and Wild players will have the opportunity to train together.
Scott McKenzie, Widnes Wild Head Coach said;
â€˜I have had a few phone calls with Perry Doyle over the recent months and between us, our main focus is the kids. We want young players to gain experience and confidence within the game of ice hockey. Working together provides the perfect opportunity to give our Wild players a chance to prove themselves on the bigger stage.â€
â€œThere is a massive step up from Laidler to Moralee and it will be good for the guys to get out there and really find out where they are in terms of their hockey ability, what they do well but also what they need to improve onâ€ continued Scott.
Scott added, â€œIâ€™m thankful to Perry and the Barons for putting this in place and I believe this could be the beginning of a great partnership in developing young talent.â€
As well as working together to develop players the Wild and the Barons will join forces to support Rob Eleys testimonial season and to raise money for the #19for19 charity initiative.