OFFICIAL: Hall & Williams Sign
Kurtis, like previously announced Troy Evans, is another ex-Flyer who has a history based around Blackburn teams and Lancashire Raptors. The 23 year-old is player who can perform at either end of the ice. He’s another player who comes with a reccomendation from Head Coach Mark Gillingham.
“Kurtis is a player I’ve both coached and played with, and he’s someone else I’ve known since he came into the game. He’s a second generation player – his dad, Bobby, used to play for the Blackpool Seagulls, and both of his brothers have National League experience too. One of Kurtis’ big strengths is his versatility, and while he’ll probably be playing in defence for most of the season, he’ll still be able to contribute as a forward if we need to play him there.”
Craig Williams, another trialist who was signed up after the teams first training session on Thursday. He comes with a strong background in roller hockey. After just 18 month in Roller he was taken to Chicago as part of the Great Britain team, competing in the World Junior Championships. With a rich roller background Craig seems though he is yet to find his feet firmly within Ice Hockey. Something which he is hoping he can do at Widnes.
“I have been training in Altrincham with the Jets trying to get back upto speed. I feel I am now ready for this new challenge. Mark and Mick have made it clear that they expect us to be competing for the league title and I feel with the standard that has been on show at the trials and the signings that have already been made this goal will be achieved.”
Mark Gillingham, will be feeling there is still more to come from new boy Williams once he becomes more settled within the club.
“Craig is someone I didn’t know too much about coming into the trials, even though we’ve been around the same clubs in the past. He’s been playing recreational hockey for a while, but from the trials I have no doubts that he’ll be able to step back up to National League level. He’s travelling up from Stoke to train every week, so that’s a clear indication of his commitment, and I’m sure he can’t wait to get back into League hockey.”
Hall and Williams take the WILD team count to 13 as the team looks to be coming along in leaps and bounds. More will be announced soon! Stay tuned to the website, facebook or twitter for instant information.