Scholes surveys a busy summer for Tigers

Owner Wayne Scholes is prepared for a “critical” 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: “The thing about Tom and Paul is that they don’t stop, even though it’s at the end of the season. I’ve heard more from them in the last week than in the previous two months. They are a lot busier.

“Of course, the season itself is very regimented, but now it’s down to the strategic part and they are doing that very well. It’s all about the thought and setting it up for success in the season.

“To them, this is the time that counts, and it’s an absolutely critical part of the year. I admire the way these guys work hard, and they’re putting in serious hours into getting the right balance and mix.

“They want to make sure things are right next season.”

Telford’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: “I think you start off where you finished last time and for us, we won convincingly the previous year. The other teams knew that couldn’t happen again and they all made big improvements.

“Everybody 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.

“Success is all about context, of course, and I am fully expecting us to have a successful season, starting in September.”

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