Silver set to shine as Tigers star prepares summer strategy

Tigers forward Jason Silverthorn will use the summer break to plot a route to the English Premier League play-off title.

Defeat to Peterborough in this month’s play-off semi-final saw Telford miss out on a historic triple crown of major trophies.

That loss followed success in winning both the league title – the club’s first in 27 years – and the British Challenge Cup.

But with a summer of team building yet to start in earnest, Silverthorn already has few doubts over his target for next season.

He said: “It was a great season and Tom did a fantastic job. We set out to accomplish our goals and fell just short in the play-offs.

“The thing is, you are never perfect, so it gives us something to build on for next season and strive to accomplish.

“Teams will be more competitive next year and better prepared, so our job is to stay one step ahead. We can’t rest on our laurels and the target is to keep working hard.”

A number of rival EPL teams have already started their summer recruitment campaigns, with Manchester Phoenix in particular looking strong.

Tony Hand has already signed the EPL title-winning duo of netminder Steven Fone and prolific forward James Archer.

Basingstoke, meanwhile, have recruited highly-rated forward Shaun Thompson, while Milton Keynes will have GB coach Pete Russell at the helm.

Silverthorn added: “I don’t take much notice of what the other teams are doing during the summer. I read about them, of course, but if you worry too much, then you can lose focus.

“What we need to do is keep our focus firmly on being the best team we can be and find a way to the next level. We want to keep on leading the pack, but the other teams will all be chasing us.”

The former Hull Stingrays star is one of seven players on multi-year deals at The Tigers, as Head Coach Tom Watkins looks to retain a familiar look next season.

“For a player, having a multi-year contract means you can have a proper off-season,” Silverthorn said.

“You can rest and recuperate, not only physically, but also mentally. If you have the stress of trying to find a club, then you can’t give 100 per cent effort to maintaining and bettering yourself.

“When you’ve got that stability, then it allows you to focus totally on the job in hand.”

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