Compton â€ Dragons Can Win Leagueâ€
Matt Compton expects the â€œfantastic team spiritâ€ at Deeside to be decisive in The Dragionsâ€™ bid for Laidler Conference honours next season.Â
A summer of team building has seen already Head Coach Lol Paul bring in Filip Supa and Matt Wainwright from Widnes, alongside players fromÂ last yearâ€™s squad.
That transfer strategy is set to continue over the rest of the off-season, as Paul builds his first NIHL squad under new owners Red Hockey.
Netminder Compton, who has been a Deeside regular for the majority of his career, believes retaining a local flavour will pay dividends in the new season.Â
He said: â€œFor me, it was a very easy decision to sign. From the first meeting to confirm Red Hockey were taking control of The Dragons, I immediately wanted to sign.
â€œI think we have a fantastic team spirit here, because weâ€™re all mates off the ice, as well as on it. Most of us have been playing together for a long time, and that will help a lot next season.
â€œI definitely think we can win the league, but it wonâ€™t be easy. We have to remember that a lot of teams have strengthened and will be pushing for the title.â€
The introduction of Red Hockey at The Dragons has, inevitably, heightened expectations of successful year at Chester Road.
But Compton, who won the ENL title with Flintshire Freeze in 2004, believes his side will thrive on any so-called â€˜pressureâ€™.
â€œI think we willÂ be much better equipped to make a challenge next season,â€ he added.
â€œRed Hockeyâ€™s philosophy of professionalism, both on and off the ice, will be a big part of that. The signing of Supa indicates how serious we are.
â€œI remember the last time we won the league under Mark Stokes and it was a great feeling. Not just for the players, but the fans as well.
â€œPersonally, I want to play as many games as possible, and to a highÂ standard. Hopefully, that will give the team a good chance of winning games.â€â€‹