National Ice Hockey League Division 2 (South)

Baird and Paynter join the stars from Wightlink

Stars snap up Raiders' forward and defenceman

27th October 2016    Match,News

Following the closure of Ryde Arena and the withdrawal of the Wightlink Raiders from NIHL 1 South, Oxford City Stars can announce the signing of two players from the Isle Of Wight side. Both defenceman Brendan Baird and forward Ben Paynter will being joining Oxford for the rest of this season.

Baird has spent some time playing for various Bracknell based teams, including the Bracknell Bees and Bracknell Hornets. The 20 year old D-man iced for the Basingstoke Bison in the 2014/15 season before making the move across to the Wightlink Raiders last season. Upon talking about making the decision to sign for Oxford, Baird said “I’m really excited to be signed for Oxford it was the right move for me the manager coaches and stuff are doing good things for Oxford and I think I’d fit in really well with the other boys. I’ve heard from a couple of people that the rooms pretty tight and I’m excited to get to know some of the other players personally rather than enemy’s.”

The second signing comes in the form of 21 year old forward, Ben Paynter. Having also spent some time playing for Bracknell Bees and Bracknell Hornets, Paynter made his debut for Wightlink Raiders back in the 2014/15 season. He also continued to play for the Raiders into the following season too. Talking about his signing with Oxford City Stars, Paynter said “After being told that the raiders were folding I was gutted, it was a great team to play for and I enjoyed my time there. After speaking to Simon I realised Oxford would be a good place for me to come and join. The club is building and everyone involved seem to be good people. Oxford play good hockey and I feel it’s a place I can thrive. From playing against Oxford in the past I know there is a great atmosphere at home games and a lot of passionate fans.”

Speaking about both of these signings, Simon Anderson expressed “I’m delighted to welcome both Ben and Brendan to the Stars. They will both be fantastic additions to our roster. When speaking to Jeremy about them, he had nothing but good things to say about these guys. I would personally like to thank Jeremy and the Wightlink Raiders management for their prompt and professional dealings these past few days,despite everything that has unfortunately occurred on the island and we look forward to seeing both these guys in yellow soon.”

Paynter is unavailable for a couple of weeks as he still has a total of 4 games left on his suspension. However, Baird will be playing this weekend as the Stars take on the Solent Devils at Oxpens on Sunday night.

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