As the 2023/23 season fast approaches, the club are pleased to welcome back defenceman Simon Harrison to Telford Tigers.
Simon or ‘Si’ as he’s commonly known as has played out of Telford since his junior days, playing for Telford Rockets and Telford Trojans. The now-33 year old is no newbie to senior hockey in Telford as many will be familiar with Si playing alongside brother Dan Harrison, with the pair last playing together in 2020.
Si will be returning to Telford after having a break from NIHL hockey, though he has been no stranger to the ice with the defenceman recently playing for Shropshire Huskies.
We caught up with Si ahead of his return to Telford Tigers.
This season will see you rejoin the Tigers 2 roster, what made you decide to come back to Telford?
“Having been away from league hockey for a couple of years I felt that the time was right and I had both the time and fitness to commit to the upcoming season. Also seeing how the team has performed has really given me the urge to play again.
For those fans that haven’t seen you play before, how would you describe your game?
“I’d class myself as offensive defensemen, but I’m happy to move up the ice to support the forwards where I can.”
Are there any specific areas of your game that you have been focusing on during the off-season to further improve your performance this year?
“My main focus has been cardio fitness and just trying to nail down some positional and movement principles on the ice.”
Do you have any pre-game rituals or routines that help you get into the right mindset before a game?
“I wouldn’t say I have a routine as such, it all depends on how I’m feeling on the day. Sometimes I’m happy just preparing in the dressing room but other times I may warm up alone to get my head ready.”
How do you think your skills and abilities can contribute to the team’s success this season?
“Hopefully some of my experience and input can help contribute to the season, there is good depth in the team and I’m sure there will be opportunities to pick things up from the guys to develop my own game.”
Do you have any goals or aspirations for yourself and the team in this upcoming season?
“Silverware has to be the answer, I know this will be a tough season but with the squad we have I think we have what it takes.”
Are there any specific opponents or games you’re looking forward to this season?
“Not specifically, I try to keep the mindset of playing each game as it comes, though it’s always better playing at home with the crowd behind you.”
And finally, is there anything you would like to say to our fans ahead of the season?
“Really looking forward to getting the season started and appreciate your support!”
Telford Tigers 2 Coach Dougie Wildman is delighted to welcome Simon back to Telford Tigers commenting;“Si is another familiar face who left league hockey for a spell but has continued to play and uphold his fitness. Si is a bundle of energy and plays with such high intensity that he raises the tempo every shift; it’s difficult for his teammates not to mimic him. He’s a skilled lefty who can play both defensively and as a forward where needed, which will cause any team problems. We’re lucky to have Si back and excited to see what he can bring to the team and where he fits in the line up.”
Simon’s own and loan shirt is available to order now for £75. Please see the Tigers’ Online Shop for details.
In the 2023/24 season, Tigers are again offering individual player sponsorship at £500. The package will include a personalised ‘SPECIAL’ exclusive third jersey with a company name or family name patch, announcements on match nights, a small advert or logo in the match night programmes and a signed player photo. The jersey will be worn for cup games and play-off games and will not be available as a replica.
If you are interested or require more information on the individual player sponsorships, contact email@example.com