Furnival Fired up for New Season
â€œWeâ€™ve got to put the work in to winâ€ â€“ thatâ€™s the call from Dragons forward Simon Furnival, as he prepares for a sixth successive year at Chester Road.
Furnival agreed terms on a return to Deeside this week, withÂ Head Coach Lol Paul buildingÂ the clubâ€™s first squad under new owners Red Hockey.
The 30-year-old frontman amassed 31 points last season and is likely to be a thorn in the side of many teamsÂ in the Laidler Conference.
He said: â€œAt the start of the season, it is all about finding a way of working together well. We canâ€™t go into games expecting to win, just because of whatâ€™s happened this summer.
â€œWeâ€™ve got to put the work in to win throughout the year. Thereâ€™s no point in saying we will win the league, as the season hasnâ€™t even started yet.
â€œRed Hockey have already done a lot for us this summer, and it means we have got a very good opportunity to do well during the coming season.â€
Furnivalâ€™s physical reputation saw him collect 119 penalty minutes last year, as The Dragons finished fifth â€“ eight points adrift of the play-off places.
The Deeside stalwart expects to fill a similar role in the coming campaign, albeit with a brief to steer clear of the penalty box as much as possible.
He added: â€œI can put the puck in the net, but Iâ€™m also a fighter, when needed. Other teams come in and I tend to get respect because of that.
â€œI am a team player, though, so I definitely wonâ€™t go looking for trouble during games. If people approach me, I wonâ€™t be a pushover.
â€œIt is all about protecting your team-mates, and not just the netminders.â€
A return to Flintshire was always on the cards for Furnival, who is looking forward to the changes expected by Red Hockeyâ€™s arrival.
â€œIt wasnâ€™t a difficult decision at all to sign again for next season,â€ he said.
â€œThis is my home and the lads in the team are like a family. We have got a great setup here, and with Red Hockey coming in,Â it can only get better.â€