Sniper Satek makes the jump to Tigers
Telford Tigers have signed high-scoring forward Michal Satek from English Premier League rivals Manchester Phoenix.
The 29-year-old finished sixth in the EPL scoring charts last season, bagging 34 goals and 44 assists for the north-west outfit.
He joins a Tigers side that will feature four import forwards next year, alongside Polish netminder Ondrej Raszka.
Tigers coach Tom Watkins monitored the Solvakianâ€™s progress for much of last season, as he made an impressive debut in the UK.
He said: â€œI really noticed Michal when we played Manchester in a pre-season game and thought he had very good speed. Having that explosive speed makes him very hard to play against.
â€œHe has an excellent work ethic, which is very good, he loves to play, and he keeps himself in great shape. I noticed him in every game against Manchester last season, and he put up some good numbers.
â€œI just like the way Michal plays the game and is always very committed. I wanted to take my time at the end of the season, to see who was available, but he was definitely on my list.â€
Before his arrival in the UK last year, Satek spent almost a decade in the tough Slovakian top flight, where he collected 137 points, before a successful 23-point spell in Romania.
Watkins added: â€œThe fact that Michal played in this league last season was a big factor in me signing him. I wanted to have a known quantity like him on the team.
â€œWith the import numbers changing next season, rather than bringing guys across, we know what we are getting with Michal. He knows the league and should fit in very well.
â€œTraining and being on the ice every day is something he will definitely enjoy and benefit from. Everyone I spoke to about Michal said he was very hard to contain and play against.â€
To purchase Michal Satekâ€™s own and loan shirt for just Â£100, or to become an equipment sponsor from just Â£5, emailÂ email@example.com.
Listen below to Tigers coach Tom Watkins talking about new signing Michal Satek: