Scottâ€™s Got Something To Prove
ULTIMATE WINDOWS-sponsored Billingham Stars tonight welcome Scott Ward back into the fold as he returns from some time away from the Stars.
Billingham through and through, 32-year-old Ward has never played for any other club and is known for his graft and his passion. Ward had contributed six points to the cause when he disappeared from the Stars roster after a heavy defeat at Blackburn in January, leading to speculation amongst the fans as to the manner of Ward’s departure.
Not one to duck the issue, Ward was happy to able to put the record straight and is delighted to be given the opportunity to fight for his place in a very strong offensive line-up:
“What happened last seasonÂ wasn’t a falling out, it was more me overreacting to some things that went on in the Blackburn game and then acting very childishly in the changing room afterwards which I am very ashamed of. It was all resolved at the end-of-season Presentation Night and the team have thankfully given me a chance to redeem myself but I’d still like to apologise again to the coaching staff and my team mates. I was delighted when the boys brought the Cup back to Billingham, it was a great achievement. I was a little sad not to be celebrating with them but that was my own fault.
I wasn’t too pleased with the way I played last year, it seemed like a very stop/start season with injuries. The only thing I’m really looking to improve in my game is my team play and bring more positivityÂ to each game – a few more points would be nice though! I think inconsistent performances and injuries were the main cause of the League underperformance last season but with the extra firepower and depth to the squad this year hopefully that has been resolved.
I think my role with the team is the same as always – to use my speed, work rate and strength to give defenders a hard time. I’ll probably be starting the season as a squad player with the talent we now have in the team, but I’m in the best shape of my life so will be pushing to get a starting place in time. MyÂ ambition is to win the League but it always is – the management have given us the best possible chance bringing back Dennis and adding Jack and Daniel so I’m really looking forward to seeing them all in action, but most of all I’m looking forward to getting back on the ice, it’s been too long a summer for me.”
Very honest words from one of Billingham’s longest-standing players.
Attention turns tomorrow from player signings to the annual summer BBQ – keep watching the site and social media for all the details of what is turning into the must-attend event of the Stars calendar!
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