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Watkins is Back: Head Coach Returns!

Tigers McKenzie returns with duo role

Watkins is Back: Telford Tigers are delighted to announce the return of Tom Watkins as Head Coach and General Manager for the 2020/21 season. Watkins enters his fourth successive year in the dual role, his eleventh season as coach and he returns after guiding the team to the NIHL League and Cup double last season. Watkins has been part of a successful period for the club winning three league championships and two cups during his spell as Head Coach.

Watkins, commented, “After the success of the past season which sadly ended in such an abrupt manner, then following the months of lockdown and social distancing, I’m looking forward to getting the players together and being able to get behind the bench again to defend our league title and cup. Hopefully things can get back to normal as quickly as possible. I’m very grateful for the fantastic and continued support the club receive from our fan base week in week out. This will be my eleventh season coaching the Tigers and we’ve enjoyed some great nights and seasons previously but I really feel the support we received last year was far superior to anything I remember. We’ve been trying to keep the fans engaged as much as possible in this difficult time. We’ve had excellent interaction with all our social media competitions which really shows the passion and appetite for the Tigers and that’s great to see. Over the past three years, in my role as General Manager, I’ve been able to develop some fantastic relationships with local businesses who have become a huge part of the Tigers team. I’ve been extremely fortunate to work closely with great individuals who are all experts in their varying fields and I’m very keen to be able to catch up with them all and look forward to discussing the upcoming season when the time is right.”             

Mike Washburn, Chairman of Telford Tigers, commented “It is great news that Tom will be at the helm again for the forthcoming season. Tom retains the post of Head Coach and General Manager for the Telford Tigers in what has started as one of the most challenging seasons ever. There is a lot of doom and gloom about at the moment but this announcement brings with it an air of optimism. Tom and I have worked together over many years in Telford and our journey isn’t finished yet. Tom has developed in both his coaching and commercial roles over recent seasons – I’m looking forward to when we can all get going again. Welcome back Tom!”

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