Busy pre-season for Tigers fansâ€™ favourite
Telford Tigers defenceman Dan Scott has arrived back in Shropshire a week early, ahead of a â€œserious challengeâ€ for the English Premier League title.
The 24-year-old fansâ€™ favourite will start his third full season with the Tigers against Milton Keynes Lightning on August 27th, following his arrival from Slough Jets in 2013.
He is set to form a key part of Telfordâ€™s defensive amoury, after coach Tom Watkins signed four import forwards during a summer overhaul of his squad.
And the former Great Britain under-20s skipper, who is coaching at the Tigers summer hockey school this week, is looking forward to a fresh campaign.
He said: â€œI came back a week early to help out at the camp, but itâ€™s also nice to have a week to settle in, meet some of the boys who are already back and get housing sorted.
â€œNext week, when pre-season starts, itâ€™s all about getting the hockey legs going again, but also getting to grips with the new characters in the team. That is always very important.
â€œIâ€™m excited to be back in Telford, and Tom has signed some great players over the summer. I reckon weâ€™ll be able to mount a serious challenge for the title next season.â€
Scott was part of the Telford side that won an unprecedented league and cup double in 2015, before finishing fourth last season, and he is in no doubt about the size of the challenge ahead.
He added: â€œWe have got to try and click straight away. Last year was quite a similar team to the year before when we won, but we had a tough start to the season.
â€œWeâ€™ve got a tough start again this year, looking at the calendar, so it is important that all the boys are on the same page. If we do that, then thereâ€™s no reason why we canâ€™t get off to a winning start.â€
Scott has also rejected talk of personal targets next season, and insists he would gladly sacrifice his own form, in the search for overall success.
â€œIâ€™ll play as well as I can for the team, but if I bring a good, solid game then Iâ€™m happy,” he said.
â€œI want to score at least one goal from defence and if I do, then thatâ€™ll be a good bonus! But as long as the team is winning, I donâ€™t care about my stats.”