Taylor made up with Tigers NIHL chance
Youngster Adam Taylor believes the higher standard of the Moralee Conference will prove to be a sternÂ test for The Tigers NIHL next season.
Taylor has agreed to play a key role in the NIHL sideâ€™s first year at the higher level, following their promotion from the Laidler Conference.
The 21-year-old forward will remain available for duty with the clubâ€™s English Premier League squad, alongside training sessions at both levels.
But with that first year in the Moralee Conference now his main target, Taylor is expecting a tough start to life with the NIHL squad.
He said: â€œI love to play ice hockey and I want to play for as long as possible, so it was a very easy decision to sign a new contract.
â€œIt is going to be very different to playing EPL hockey, but since I last played that league, it has got a lot better. The standard is very high, so it wonâ€™t be easy for the guys.
â€œI am very excited to see what I can add to the team. Everyone knows theyâ€™re coming off a very good season.
â€œEvery game will be tough, but Iâ€™m sure Tom is putting together a team that will be able to compete in the league.â€
The presence of Head Coach Tom Watkins, who steered Taylor through much of his junior career, was a major draw for the Telford-born player.
He added: â€œTom is a great coach and has been one of my coaches for as long as I can remember. He knows how I play and where I need to improve to become a better player.â€
Last seasonâ€™s double success with Telfordâ€™s EPL side willÂ remain a high point of Taylorâ€™s career so far â€“ although they too face a tough fight to retain those titles.
â€œFrom what I have seen, the EPL is changing and all the teams are strengthening their sides,â€ he said.
â€œWinning the league and British Challenge Cup was a massive achievement for The Tigers, but everyone starts from zero again.
â€œOf course it will be hard to repeat the double, but the guys will definitely be up for the challenge. I am sure the aim is to surpass last year and go for the treble.â€