Silver set to star in Tigers return to action
Jason Silverthorn has repeated his claim that fitness will be a telling factor in this yearâ€™s English Premier League title campaign.
The Tigers captain spent the summer leading his side through a tough off-ice training regime, as they look to retain their EPL championship.
That time spent in the gym could prove crucial, after an off-season that has seen almost every side strengthen their roster.
Silverthorn said: â€œIt has been a great summer for the boys. Weâ€™ve goneÂ through a lot of stuff and theyâ€™ve worked really hard. The big thing now is to get going.
â€œThe main difference is that the players are coming back in much better shape. Training so far has been fast and theyâ€™re playing with a lot more intensity.
â€œThey are looking really good in training, and battling well against each other. That means theyâ€™ll battle even harder against other teams.â€
Silverthorn was an integral part of the Tigers side that won both the league and British Challenge Cup last season, bagging 77 points in just 45 games.
He will follow a similar system during the next eight months, starting with this weekendâ€™s pre-season challenge games against Bracknell Bees.
â€œWe wonâ€™t be changing anything, in terms of how we go about matches,â€ he said.
â€œThe guys have got processes and goals theyâ€™ve set, which is how we won the title last season. Weâ€™ll be doing all the small things better.
â€œThe rest of the league has done a good job of improving, so weâ€™ve got to combat that. Tom has made the squadÂ better with some key additions.
â€œThey will fill the gaps of other guys leaving and improve what we have. Now is the time to get back to work, take it one game at a time, and use all the clichÃ©s that won us the league last season.â€
The Tigers travel to face Bracknell Bees on Saturday, before the opening home league game on Sunday, also against Bracknell (6pm).