Telford Tigers are delighted to announce the signing of Harry Ferguson for the 2023/24 season. Ferguson is a 24 year old forward who played for Glasgow Clan in the Elite League last season and will wear the number 13 shirt. The Elgin born player joins Telford after playing over 100 games for the Clan over the last two years and previously spent time at National League team Milton Keynes Lightning.
We caught up with Harry to discuss his signing:
Welcome to Telford. What made you sign for the Tigers?
“I have heard great things about the Tigers organisation and the coaching staff in Telford which made it an easy decision for me to sign here. I was looking for more responsibility in my game and to be able to play more minutes and in different situations of games. So coming to Telford ticks all those boxes and it is very exciting for me.”
How hard was it to leave Glasgow after two years there?
“I had a great time playing in Glasgow and appreciated my time there and being able to compete at that level. I have made some great friends along the way there and it’s always tough for players when saying goodbye to their friends but I’m excited for the new season and a new role.”
How would you describe your style of play?
“I play quite a physical game. I like to play down low in the corners and in front of the net the tough places to go on the ice. I also know I can put the puck in the net and hopefully I can bring that side of my game out this year.”
Having played at the National League level and in the Elite League, do you think there is much difference in standard?
A) “Playing between the two leagues, each league brings different challenges for me. The Elite League is very systematic and every mistake you make can lead to a goal against you. There’s some top top players in that league but I also know that the National League has been becoming a stronger and stronger league each year and I expect it to be a very hard working league next season.”
Are there any areas of your game you are looking to improve next season?
“During my time in the Elite League I was very focused on developing the defensive side of my game, knowing where to be, learning to read the game better defensively and being on the good side of the puck. This year I want to bring that with me and try to develop my offensive side, being strong and taking the puck to the net, making smart offensive plays with line mates and scoring more.”
What are your aims for next season?
“My aims for next season are to come in and try bring a positive impact to the team. I want to bring some competitiveness to the rink on practice days and game days and do my best to help drive us on forward and to be competing in every game we play. That way the club will be towards the top of the table and competing for honours.”
Do you have a message for the fans?
“I’d just like to say I’m really excited to get down to Telford and meet all the fans. I always enjoyed playing against Telford in the past as there was always a good atmosphere in the rink. I hope we can get the building rocking for the first game of this exciting year ahead and maintain that across the whole season!”
Tom Watkins, Head Coach and General Manager, commented, “Signing Harry is a very welcome boost, it’s a big lift for me and certainly improves the team. To be truthful I didn’t expect to get him and have been tracking Harry now since prior to Christmas last year. We’ve spoken many times and always felt really positive about all our conversations. He’s been very professional and honest throughout and we picked up our discussions toward the back end of the last season. I think the key with the recruitment is patience and timing.
I think Harry will be a key component to our line up. Coming from the Elite League level I believe he will make a very positive impact on and off the ice. He’s been in that professional environment, played at a higher pace, knows what’s expected of him defensively, so will have that responsibility and understanding which also helps those around him but I believe he will also add a good level of offence, energy and grit to the team.”
Harry’s own and loan shirts are available to order now for £150 each (Home and Away). 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.
Image credit: Al Goold