White wants to work with Watkins

Dale White is looking forward to working with Tigers Head Coach Tom Watkins next season, after becoming the NIHL side’s latest new recruit.

The 25-year-old arrived in Telford from Elite League play-off champions Coventry Blaze this week, alongside the Harrison brothers, Simon and Dan,

He will slot into an NIHL side that is looking forward to its first year at Moralee Conference level, with a string of former EPL players already on the books.

White, who learned his craft in Solihull, was persuaded to join The Tigers after contact from GB Assistant Coach Watkins.

He said: “I’ve always liked the thought of playing for Telford and I had a call from Tom one afternoon, saying he was interested. I didn’t have to think long before giving him an answer.

“Working with him was a big influence on me coming to The Tigers NIHL. He’s a well-known coach who always gets the best out of a team. It will be good to learn things from him.”

White’s role at Coventry Blaze last season saw him train with the Elite League side virtually every day.

That punishing schedule will have prepared him well for the demands of training with both the NIHL and EPL sides in Telford.

He said: “My focus will be the NIHL guys next season and doing what I can for the team. I’ll hopefully be training at both levels, and therefore ready for a call up to the EPL, if it comes.

“Winning the play-offs with Coventry was one of the best moments of my career. Just to be part of a team like that was amazing.

“Being around players of that standard, and training with them, has taught me a lot. I picked up a lot of confidence and hopefully, I can bring that to Telford.”

The utility man is, however, unwilling to place expectations on the team, following their promotion from the Laidler Conference.

He said: “Targets always change through the season, so for now its all about getting to know each other and becoming a proper team.

“I’m happy playing in any position. I’ve played as a forward, and in defence at every level. I’m confident I can do a good job wherever the team needs me.”

Tigers NIHL General Manager, Mike Washburn, expects White to use his experience to work with the team’s younger players.

He said: “Dale is obviously a class act. An impact player with an enviable track record and some great numbers.

“He is absolutely what we are looking for at Tigers NIHL. He has a clear pathway of progression through to Tigers EPL, while at the same time a passion for mentoring and bringing on the more junior players in the NIHL team.

“He is one to watch for the coming season, I would predict!”

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