Jones is just the ticket for Tigers
Tigers coach Tom Watkins has lured highly-righted defenceman Adam Jones to Shropshire from the tough North American junior leagues.
Jones, who trained in Telford as a youngster, spent the last two seasons playing for Summerland Steam in the KIJHL.
The 20-year-old has been in North America for six years, but was born in Birmingham â€“ meaning he qualifies as a home-grown player in the EPL.
Watkins was given a preview of Jonesâ€™s talents with Great Britain Under-20s in 2014, and moved quickly to secure his signature.
He said: â€œAdam impressed me a lot when he played with GB Under-20s and was one of the most talented defencemen on that team in Scotland.
â€œHeâ€™s steady on the puck, very calm and reads the game well. He just comes out and plays hard, which is one of the things I like about him.
â€œAdam will bring with him that tough North American style of play, and heâ€™ll certainly play with an edge.â€
Jonesâ€™s height, at 6ft 2in, will add more size to a Telford squad that already boasts 6ft 5in Canadian Doug Clarkson and Polish netminder Ondrej Raszka, who stands at well over 6ft.
Watkins added: â€œSize is certainly important, especially in this rink, which is slightly smaller than some others in the league.
â€œAdam has good size, which is great, but his main attribute is his overall defensive play. Heâ€™s a tough guy to play against and will surprise a few people.â€
The arrival of Jones will add a further piece to the puzzle for Watkins, as he prepares his squad for a renewed assault on the EPL title.
But with two months left until pre-season training begins, the Tigers chief is still on the lookout for further additions.
â€œIâ€™ve got one import to sign, and Iâ€™m looking at a few other players as well,â€ he said.
â€œThereâ€™s a lot of names that keep coming through to me, but Iâ€™m doing my homework, to make sure I get the right guys.
â€œThereâ€™s a certain style of player I want and a couple of offers have gone out, so at this stage Iâ€™m happy with where we are.â€
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