Telford Tigers D2 coach Callum Bowley has completed two more additions to his squad for the upcoming season. Forward Brodie Jesson and defenceman Joe Gilbert both sign up with the Telford Tigers again for the 2017/18 season.
Speaking about putting on the Tigers jersey again, 19 year old Joe said “I’m glad to be back with Telford for another year. I’m looking forward to getting started and seeing how the team looks in the new season. It’s great to be back at the club I’ve played for on and off my whole career and can’t wait to be back with some old friends and teammates. Bring on the new season and see you all in September.” Coach Bowley added “Joe is a player that impressed me when Budzie signed him half way through last season. He’s calm on the puck, plays a simple game, he’s not afraid to throw his body around and he’s also quite a good skater. He’s another key defenceman that I am extremely pleased to have added to our defensive line-up.”
Bowley went on to comment on the return of 16 year old Brodie Jesson, saying “Brodie is a talented young player who I was keen to sign straightaway. His development last season was quite impressive and I think he’s got a really good skill set which will add more quality to our team. He will log a lot of senior minutes this season and will get plenty of opportunities to play in important situations, which is key for his development. He will play across three teams next season – Tigers U18’s, Telford Tigers 2 and Telford Tigers 1, in order to aid his development. I think it will be an exciting and huge year for Brodie”. Jesson himself was pleased to be back with his hometown team, adding “I am very happy to be back for another season in Telford, and I can’t wait for the new season to be underway. It’s going to be a new and exciting challenge.”
Coach Bowley went on add “The players in the D2 team have a real opportunity to develop their game and push to progress, there will be chances to step up and gain D1 ice time and experience.
There are plenty of experienced guys in the club willing to pass on their knowledge, and the younger players will learn from them, and for me the ethos of ‘One Club Two Teams’ gives them a unique opportunity and a clear path for progression, it’s up to them to grab that opportunity with both hands and improve to maximise their potential.”