Novak’s mission to get ‘”stuck in” next season

Tigers forward Blaho Novak is relishing a return to his ’agitator’ role next season, after he agreed terms on a second campaign with the Shropshire outfit.

Novak was an integral part of Telford’s double-winning squad, as they finished the season 18 points clear of second-placed Guildford.

The former Chelmsford star, who was born in Slovakia, became a cult hero with Tigers supporters after scoring twice in the British Challenge Cup final.

But it was Novak’s ability to ramp up tension with opposing sides that played a major role in The Tigers’ success – and he is looking forward to a return.

“I very much want to get stuck into games a lot more next season,” Novak said.

“Hopefully, I will be able to develop that part of my game as well. I want my weaknesses to get better, so getting stuck into matches will help the special teams when we’re shorthanded or on a powerplay.”

Last season’s defeat to Peterborough, in the play-off semi-final, has given Novak a further target for the upcoming campaign.

And he’ll also be looking to improve on a tally of 39 points in 60 games.

He added: “The decision to come back was very easy for me. I spoke to Tom Watkins about next year and I was sure I wanted to return.

“Obviously, the team comes first. We want to win the league and cup again, but also make sure we’re ready for the play-offs.

“For me, of course, I want to get more points. Every player wants the same.

“It won’t be easy at all, though. Teams have improved over the summer and they will all want to beat us.”

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