Davies takes shine to Telford after Silvâ€™s show
Great Britain international Matty Davies insists the presence of skipper Jason Silverthorn was a key factor in his move to Telford Tigers.
Davies was revealed as a late addition to Telfordâ€™s squad yesterday, following his summer departure from Elite League outfit Manchester Storm.
He will join the club for pre-season training later this month, as coach Tom Watkins looks to regain the league and cup double.
The 26-year-old collected 236 Elite League points with Manchester Storm and Hull Stingrays, including a remarkable 60 points in just one year on Humberside â€“ where he was a team-mate of Silverthorn.
He said: â€œI talked to Tommy last summer, as I know Silv very well, and they nearly twisted my arm then. Itâ€™s the way they do things at Telford that is so appealing.
â€œJason has told me about the club and ever since I signed it has been totally professional, from the equipment manager to everything else.
â€œThere is no better guy than Silv as captain. Heâ€™s a real professional who has helped me a lot in my career.
â€œThis kind of came up late in the summer, but I am glad it did. I am looking forward to coming down to Telford later this month and getting started.â€
Davies who played for Great Britain in this yearâ€™s Olympic qualification tournament, spent seven years at the top level and has already set out his stall for next season.
He added: â€œFrom the first time I spoke to Tom a few weeks ago, Iâ€™ve said I am coming here to win something next season. That is my main aim.
â€œTelford are trying hard to create a winning culture and I know that is something Tommy is big on. It is a lot to ask, but that is what I want to do.
â€œI donâ€™t really look at personal targets and I always pride myself on getting the team to a high level, where we all work for each other.
â€œIt will be a different mindset for me, but I never change the way I play. I work hard and bring a consistent game night in, night out.â€
The former Storm captain will join a Tigers side that is much-changed from last season, albeit with the core of a squad that almost swept all before them two years ago.
â€œLast year in Manchester it was all new and in that sense it could be quite tough to begin with,â€ Davies said.
â€œBut now I am coming to a team that has been together for a few years and has got a lot of experience of playing together.
â€œHaving been captain at Manchester and Hull, it will be nice just to come in and get my head down without worrying about being a captain.
â€œI want to build a good relationship with the fans and hopefully they will see the pride I take in my work.â€