Harrisons have ambition for Tigers title tilt

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Simon and Dan Harrison have set an ambitious target for their first season back with The Tigers NIHL – winning the Moralee Conference title.

A year in Solihull saw the defensive siblings claim the Laidler championship, during a remarkable runaway campaign for the Hobbs Moat Road outfit.

But with The Tigers having also won promotion, the Shropshire-born pair were immediately keen on a return to play under Head Coach Tom Watkins.

Dan Harrison, 23, played for the club’s EPL side in 2014, and believes Telford can spring a few surprises at the higher level.

He said: “Being back under the guidance of Tom Watkins, my own ambitions are to improve my skills and gameplay.

“As far as team ambitions go, we all want the same thing next season, which is to win the league.

“It might seem a big ask, but we are a young squad and have an awful lot to give. It’s going to be a big challenge, but I don’t see why it can’t be done.”

Older brother Simon – who is more offensively minded – is also looking to make an early impact in the Moralee Conference.

“The target is definitely to win the league, or at least make the play-offs,” he said.

“We’ve got to aim high and we have a lot of good experience on the side. Of course, targets can change during the season, but we’re starting off by looking at the top of the league.”

Both brothers are famed for their hard-working approach to the game – an attribute that will fit in well with Watkins’ coaching methods.

Dan added: “I have a lot of grit and determination, and like to wear my heart on my sleeve. I play for the jersey, and not the name on the back.

“I also read the game pretty well, which is never a bad thing in the NIHL.”

That attitude is reflected by Simon, who will refuse allow any bullying from opposing sides.

He said: “I will definitely go out and stand up for my team as much as possible. I like to make hits, but I won’t look for trouble. I’ll always be there to help the guys.”

Tigers NIHL General Manager, Mike Washburn, expects to reap the rewards of the pair’s hard-working attitude.

He said: “I think the above says everything about these two players and also about the NIHL team itself – they set the bar high.

“By the same token they are both very smart ice hockey players, but in different ways.

“I’ve watched them many times and what springs to mind immediately is their consistency and dependability, you know that you can always rely on them to produce the goods.

“It’s going to be really interesting watching the competition unfold over the season, and making sure that we get off to a good start is going to be an important early season objective.”

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