Gospel set for Tigers return

Telford Tigers have retained the services of netminder Sam Gospel, as part of a revamped defensive line-up for next season.

Gospel will work alongside Polish international Ondrej Raszka, following the summer departure of Thomas Murdy to Cardiff.

The 22-year-old initially moved to Shropshire from Nottingham in 2013 and quickly become a key member of the Tigers squad.

Head coach Tom Watkins expects Gospel to continue the development that saw him take the starting spot for last season’s play-offs.

He said: “Sam is a very talented netminder and keeps on improving every season. He is dedicated, hard working and always very committed in training.

“That work ethic always shows up in games and we saw that when he took the starting role in last season’s play-offs. He had a good season and kept us in the game for long periods against Milton Keynes.

“Sam is very coachable and he’s a quiet guy, but he stops the puck and battles for every puck. That is the job of every netminder and he never gives up on anything, which is key.”

Gospel is part of a crop of youngsters that have been key to the Tigers youth policy in recent years, alongside Danny Rose and Macaulay Heywood.

To purchase Sam Gospel’s own and loan shirt for just £100, or to become an equipment sponsor from just £5, email contact@telfordtigers.co.uk.

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