Novakâ€™s mission to get â€˜â€stuck inâ€ next season
Tigers forward Blaho Novak is relishing a return to his â€™agitatorâ€™ role next season, after he agreed terms on a second campaign with the Shropshire outfit.
Novak was an integral part of Telfordâ€™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 Novakâ€™s ability to ramp upÂ tension with opposing sides that played a major role in The Tigersâ€™ success â€“ and he is looking forward to a return.
â€œI very much want to get stuck into games a lot more next season,â€ Novak said.
â€œHopefully, 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 weâ€™re shorthanded or on a powerplay.â€
Last seasonâ€™s defeat to Peterborough, in the play-off semi-final, has given Novak a further target for the upcoming campaign.
And heâ€™ll also be looking to improve on a tally of 39 points in 60 games.
He added: â€œThe 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.
â€œObviously, the team comes first. We want to win the league and cup again, but also make sure weâ€™re ready for the play-offs.
â€œFor me, of course, I want toÂ get more points. Every player wants the same.
â€œIt wonâ€™t be easy at all, though. Teams have improved over the summer and they will all want to beat us.â€