Byrne and Lewis Sign Up!. Telford Tigers are delighted to announce the signings of Tom Byrne and Ryan Lewis for the 2022/23 season.
Byrne, an 18-year-old forward, steps up from the team that won the Laidler League championship and is the latest player to come through the Telford junior team set-up and appear for the National League team.
Lewis, a 21-year-old netminder will be back up to Brad Day, repeating the role he had at the end of last season. Lewis also came through the Telford junior set-up and was a netminder for the Under 18 team that won the National Championships in 2018.
Head Coach Tom Watkins, commented, “I’m pleased to give Tom the opportunity to step up from the D2 team and prove himself at this level. He’s been part of the junior club for a number of years and in my opinion, has steadily developed into a talented young player. He’s improved his skating, he has some of the best hands I’ve seen and around the net, I’d be happy to put my money on him putting the puck in the net. He’s a player that I will be working with closely to develop the tools he needs to be a competitive player for us. It’s a big step coming directly from the Laidler League, he’s not someone I’m expecting to come in and rip it up, he’s still learning the game, the speed, the details, the physicality, but I firmly believe he has the desire and focus to tick all those boxes. He should be pushing for a GB U20 call-up and has all the fundamentals to do well over a longer period of time.”
On Ryan Lewis signing, Watkins commented, “I’m pleased to add a dedicated backup goalie for the new season. We all know Ryan very well as he has come through the junior club and backstopped the Under 18s to a National Championship a few seasons ago. He came into the team toward the end of last season, he’s fully committed, has a good work ethic and will continue his development alongside an experienced goalie in Brad.”
Byrne commented, “I‘m excited to be given this opportunity to play for the National League team, the fans and with my new teammates. I’m looking forward to the challenge so I can learn and improve and also to help the team win. I can’t wait for the new season to start and to get out on the ice.”
Lewis commented, “I’m delighted to sign for the forthcoming season and no doubt will benefit from training alongside Brad Day. He is a great player and someone I know can learn a lot from. I enjoyed my time with the team last season and will look to continue developing at the National League level.”
Own and loan shirts are available for £125 each (Home and Away). Please see the Tigers online shop for details.
In the 2022/23 season, the Tigers again offer individual player sponsorship at £400. 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 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 protected]