Dragon Returns To The Den
|The Dragons have signed highly-rated defenceman Matt Wainwright from Laidler Conference rivals Widnes Wild.
Head Coach Lol Paul ended his summer-long pursuit of the 21-year-old this week, when he agreed on a return to Deeside.
Wainwright, who was the Widnes captain last year, will slot into a Dragons squad that starts its first campaign under new owners Red Hockey.
The young defenceman began his career at Chester Road â€“ and Paul is looking forward to a winning return in the NIHL.
He said: â€œI spoke to Matt during the summer and he is Deeside trained, but went to Widnes to gain some experience of playing for other sides.
â€œAs soon as I spoke to him, he wanted to come back to The Dragons. I watched him a lot last season and he had a really good year at Widnes. To be honest, it was a deal done.â€
Wainwrightâ€™s tender years will stand him in good stead for that first year under Red Hockey, as expectations build amongst fans.Â Paul said: â€œSigning Matt is a great for us, as he led the Widnes team really well last season. â€œHe is only 21, so he is still learning the game, but heâ€™s doing it properly. When it comes to maturity in ice hockey, players generally hit their peak at around 28.â€œMatt is five years away from that, which makes him such a great signing for us.â€Wainwrightâ€™s addition to the Deeside roster is the start of a busy summer of team-building for Paul, following Red Hockeyâ€™s arrival.
That process continues on Wednesday night, when GB Assistant Coach Tom Watkins joins him for a second trial session at Deeside Ice Rink.
He added: â€œI canâ€™t wait to see how the players react to Tomâ€™s presence on Wednesday. He won three trophies with The Tigers last season and has a keen eye for talented players.
â€œOur links with Red Hockey are starting to bear fruit and next season is going to be the start of a new era for The Dragons.â€
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