Dannyâ€™s destined to develop at Tigers
Tom Watkins will put his faith in the continued development of young defenceman Danny Rose at Telford Tigers next season.
The 21-year-old will return to Shropshire for a fifth successive campaign, following his arrival from Nottingham in 2012.
That year saw Rose start his Telford career as a fresh-faced 17-year-old, with last season his first as a full-time professional.
And Watkins expects to reap the rewards after handing Rose a second full-time contract.
He said: â€œDanny is maturing well and is developing in the right ways. These days he is physically stronger, more experienced and much more comfortable on the puck.
â€œWhen he first came here, he maybe didnâ€™t have as much poise as he has now. He always had ability, always talented, and heâ€™s used that to benefit from working every day on the ice.
â€œEspecially last season, when he was living full time in Telford, it made a huge difference. To win a title one season, then be a leading plus-minus player the next, that is a huge step for Danny.
â€œHe is another player we were very keen to re-sign and work with for the future. The big thing is putting into practice what you learn at training, as there is limited development time during games.
â€œBeing on the ice every day always makes a big difference for any player.â€
Crucially, last season was Roseâ€™s best offensive campaign in a Tigers shirt, as he bagged 15 points – including five goals.
Watkins will expect a similar return next term, but not at the expense of the youngsterâ€™s defensive performances.
He added: â€œDanny adds good depth to our d-core. He is reliable, skates very well and has got an excellent shot.
â€œIf a mistake is made, Danny always makes up for it with his skating ability. It is a really important feature for a defenceman to have good mobility and good agility.
â€œHe is a gritty character when he wants to be, but he has to do that every night and play with an edge every night. He can also play as a forward which ticks another box.â€
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