Tait & Style to Skins

taityStreatham Redskins are delighted to announce the return of gritty defenceman Stewart Tait to the team for 2013/14.

The 32 year old is back for his second full season with the team after joining midway through the infamous 2011/12 season, where he made his debut in the last ever game at the original Streatham ice rink.

Originally signed as a forward, Tait now occupies the second line defensive spot on the roster and plays big minutes on the penalty kill.

A grafter at both ends of the ice; Tait is not afraid to get his nose dirty and his competitive spirit tends to see him play a more physical game than his size suggests.

The composure on the blue line stems from his hockey background at Slough where he iced with the EPL Jets for a number of years before a spell with the Wightlink Raiders at a time when they were in the EPL.

A brief sojourn at Streatham in 2008 saw him pull on the famous Redskins jersey for a handful of appearances before being called back to Slough for the remainder of their EPL campaign.

“After speaking with Warren about who was signing for the new season it wasn’t hard to agree terms for another year with the Redskins” said Tait, who won a league championship with Wightlink in 2010/11.

Taity3“After a slow start to last season there was a lot of unsettlement within the team and we were a long way from the team we became towards the end of the season”

“If we get can settle with each other and take more responsibility to play for 60 minutes we will be competing every time we take to the ice”

“We have to make our home ice somewhere no one wants to come and play and have that winning mentality and take that into any rink we play in”

Tait is of course no stranger to Redskins Coach Warren Rost as the latter was his coach for a number of those years in Slough.

“I have been involved in many teams that Warren has put together and I know what the expectation is from him. I don’t think we are going to try and reinvent the wheel or anything but we will be better than we were”

“The club needs to keep making progress and moving forward year on year and with who we have already signed I believe we are showing that we are moving in the right direction with the right intent”

The familiarity with what Tait brings to the table is something that the Redskins Coach certainly believes is an advantage for the team.

“I’ve worked with Taity for many years at many levels and as well as knowing what he’s doing on the ice he gets the bigger picture” said Warren Rost.

“In terms of the tactics we want to use and the serious preparation that’s need if you are going to succeed.  Having players in the squad who always do the right thing especially when it’s all going wrong is crucial”

“Taity is one of our seasoned pros and will be wearing the A again this year because of that”

Stewart Tait’s home jersey is available for own and loan again this season and you can secure it for only £50 by emailing gdanger@christies.com

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