Hill start for Tigers in league openers
Phil Hill wants to help The Tigers repeat last seasonâ€™s double-winning triumph â€“ and he warned that anything less than a close title challenge would be a â€œdisappointing seasonâ€.
The 33-year-old forward will join his new team-mates for this weekendâ€™s opening league games against Sheffield Steeldogs and Swindon Wildcats.
He spent the majority of pre-season with his previous club, Sheffield Steelers, as part of a deal to play in the Yorkshire outfitâ€™s CHL campaign.
But with Sheffield having failed to reach the next stage of the competition, Hill is looking forward to a new challenge with the reigning EPL champions.
He said: â€œThe welcome Iâ€™ve had from the lads has been great and weâ€™ve enjoyedÂ some great training sessions. Weâ€™ll go into the weekend full of confidence.
â€œIt has been hard, as my focus was on Sheffield in the CHL. But now that contract has ended, my attention is with Telford. Iâ€™m coming here to do a good job for the team and build on last yearâ€™s success.
â€œTelford did well last season and the core of that team has been retained. We all want to build on that, and if we donâ€™t win the league or challenge to win play-offs, it will be a disappointing season.â€
Hillâ€™s career so far has seen him spend six years with Great Britainâ€™s senior side, before winning the EIHL title with Sheffield Steelers last season.
A change to playing in the EPL is a step into the unknown for the ex-Cardiff Devils star, but he is keen to get started on the new campaign.
He added: â€œAt the moment, the focus is on my own game, but as the season goes on, you start to pay attention to the other teams.
â€œThis is a tough league, with ten good teams. There wonâ€™t be too many easy games and if you want to win the league, you need to win every series against every team.â€
The Welshman spent the majority of his early playing days in Cardiff, and is familiar with a number of his new team-mates, havingÂ faced them in opposition.
â€œThe guys here haveÂ been skating together for a few weeks, but I know a few of them already,â€ he said.
â€œI have played againstÂ them, so I know their style. There is no better way to get into a team than by playing games. I have played with Max before, so that should help the transition.â€
Hill is expected to make his Tigers debut against Sheffield Steeldogs on Saturday, ahead of Sundayâ€™s home encounter with Swindon Wildcats (6pm).