New Coach Looking Forward Secure Future At Deeside
Lol Paul is looking forward to a â€œsecure futureâ€ for Deeside Dragons, after he agreed terms to become the clubâ€™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 Deesideâ€™s under-16 and under-18Â sides to a string of titles, is looking forward to the challenge of coaching in the Laidler Conference.
He said: â€œI 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.
â€œThis 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.
â€œThe 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.â€
Paulâ€™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 â€“ and Paul is confident his side can copeÂ with that new-found expectation.
He added: â€œWe 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 seasonâ€™s squad will be given a chance to join us.
â€œHelping 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.
â€œThe 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 theyâ€™re all desperate to see The Dragons bring home some silverware.â€