New Coach Looking Forward Secure Future At Deeside

Lol Paul is looking forward to a “secure future” for Deeside Dragons, after he agreed terms to become the club’s head coach under new owners Red Hockey.

The 53-year-old, who first stepped onto the ice with Liverpool Leopards in 1981, spent the majority of his playing career in the north-west.

His record includes a League, Cup and Welsh Cup treble with the Flintshire outfit in 1994, when he amassed 40 points in just 15 games.

Paul, who also guided Deeside’s under-16 and under-18 sides to a string of titles, is looking forward to the challenge of coaching in the Laidler Conference.

He said: “I am so honoured to be appointed Head Coach of The Dragons. Having played for the team throughout my career, it is a club I hold dear to my heart. It has a really fantastic fan base and a great arena to call home.

“This is the most exciting time I have ever witnessed with Deeside and the club looks to have a very secure future. With new owners Red Hockey and their investment, I can only see us going from strength to strength.

“The fact that Red Hockey also owns Telford Tigers, along with significant shares in Manchester and Bracknell, means we have a wonderful platform to build on. The entire club has a spotlight across the country.”

Paul’s coaching career also includes a stint as assistant with the Dragons, as they finished fifth in the Laidler Conference last season.

Next year could see Deeside start as favourites for a top-two finish – and Paul is confident his side can cope with that new-found expectation.

He added: “We know who our rivals will be next season, but every team starts with a clean sheet of paper. I am in talks with some great players and of course, last season’s squad will be given a chance to join us.

“Helping out Steve Fellows with The Dragons was a great opportunity for me and I am hoping to call on his experience next year. I want a team that can cope with pressure and put in performances that will entertain our fans.

“The guys in the stands deserve to see some success and I am determined to give them that. I know most of them by name and they’re all desperate to see The Dragons bring home some silverware.”



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