Dragons Coach Impressed with Turn Out For New Season Trials

Dragons boss Lol Paul believes a bumper attendance at Thursday’s NIHL trials was another seal of approval for Red Hockey’s investment in the Flintshire outfit.

Up to 25 players attended the first session at Deeside Ice Rink, ahead of another trial next Wednesday, which will be attended by GB under-20s coach, Tom Watkins.
The Dragons will be led by former player Lol in the Laidler Conference next season, as they make a start to life under new owners, Red Hockey.
And the newly-installed Head Coach was delighted to see a “fantastic” turn-out on Thursday evening.
He said: “This is a very exciting time for this club, so to see so many guys wanting a place in the squad is fantastic. It’s not just great for me, but the players as well will benefit from what’s happening here.
“Every single guy on the ice worked incredibly hard tonight, considering it is the first session back. There are still a lot of decisions to be made, but this is an excellent start.
“I was expecting a fair few players to come along, so to have this many shows how excited they are about the future for The Dragons.”
Next Wednesday will again see Paul run the rule over prospective players, this time alongside Watkins, who guided The Tigers to a league and cup double last season.
“Having Tom here will be great for both me and the club as a whole,” Paul added.
“He has got stacks of experience, both with The Tigers and GB at senior and under-20s level. It is thanks to our links with Red Hockey that we can do this.
“I know he will put the players through their paces and it should be a really good session. It’s not often that I, or the players, get to join a session with someone of Tom’s caliber​. I am really looking forward to it.”
The club has already signed a number of players for next season’s squad – but Paul is remaining tight-lipped until they are officially unveiled.
He said: “At the moment, we have signed a few guys and we want to build on that with these trial sessions. The expectations for this team next season will be the very best.
“I don’t want say who they are yet, but The Dragons fans will be very happy when they are all agreed.”
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