Scholes surveys a busy summer for Tigers
Owner Wayne Scholes is prepared for a â€œcriticalâ€ summer of rebuilding at Telford Tigers, as his coaching staff targets a return to the top of the English Premier League.
An injury-ravaged season saw Telford finish fourth in the EPL last term, before crashing out of the play-offs at the quarter-final stage.
Scholes has held a string of meetings with head coach Tom Watkins and General Manager Paul Thomason following that final-eight loss to Milton Keynes.
And he is looking forward to reaping the rewards of a strategic approach to the off-season.
He said: â€œThe thing about Tom and Paul is that they donâ€™t stop, even though itâ€™s at the end of the season. Iâ€™ve heard more from them in the last week than in the previous two months. They are a lot busier.
â€œOf course, the season itself is very regimented, but now itâ€™s down to the strategic part and they are doing that very well. Itâ€™s all about the thought and setting it up for success in the season.
â€œTo them, this is the time that counts, and itâ€™s an absolutely critical part of the year. I admire the way these guys work hard, and theyâ€™re putting in serious hours into getting the right balance and mix.
â€œThey want to make sure things are right next season.â€
Telfordâ€™s follow-up to that 2015 double-winning campaign got off to the worst possible start, with stars Jonathan Weaver and Jason Silverthorn sidelined during the opening months.
Fitness was ultimately a factor throughout the year, but Scholes hailed a big improvement in standards across the EPL as a key highlight of the season.
He added: â€œI think you start off where you finished last time and for us, we won convincingly the previous year. The other teams knew that couldnâ€™t happen again and they all made big improvements.
â€œEverybody made big strides in their squads and it was a great season of ice hockey in the league. The fans at every club won, as they saw some fantastic players every weekend.
â€œSuccess is all about context, of course, and I am fully expecting us to have a successful season, starting in September.â€