Signings: Matt and Josh
Oxford City Stars continued their Squad building for next season with the signing of two players this week. Returning to Oxpens Road is the versatile Josh Florey and arriving to the City for the first time in Stars colours is new recruit, defenseman Matt Jordan.
Oxford born Florey was a revelation last year grabbing 14 goals in what was his best points haul in senior hockey and the Stars coaching team are pleased to have agreed his return. The skilful forward declared “when you have a season like we did last season, you never want it to end, but the break has been a welcome. A chance to recharge.” Florey added with excitement “I’m looking forward to seeing the new guys in action and building on where finished last season!”
Joining Josh Florey this week in putting pen to paper, is Bracknell Assistant Captain Matt Jordan, Jordan 28 already has well over 200 senior career appearances to his name and has patrolled Bracknell’s defensive line for the last 4 years. Matt declared “I’m looking forward to a new challenge playing for the City Stars. There seems to be a real buzz as a result of an excellent season the team had last year. I can’t wait to get going and see if we can push on and have an even better year this season”. Matt added “You knew when you were playing the City Stars last season that it was going to be a tough game and the team would not let up for one second. Everyone seemed to buy in to the team ethos and you could tell there was a great togetherness which was evident in the results”
When asked what he’ll be bringing to the Stars Squad, Jordan was clear “I’m really looking forward to the new season starting and pulling on a City Stars jersey for the first time. I like to play the body in the defensive zone and I’m a vocal leader whilst on the ice, which I think will benefit our defensive play in the upcoming season.”
Stars Head Coach Simon Anderson was glowing about his captures “Matt was someone who I have been aware of for a while. He is someone who I have been interested in for a couple of seasons now and to get him here is fantastic. He has tremendous experience at this level, which is something that will really help us as we try to replicate last season’s performances. Matt will bring a physical style to our team, but he is a very smart player, who makes the hits when they are there to be made. You only have to look at his penalty minutes from previous seasons to see that he is a very disciplined guy when on the ice. He is a great team first guy, who will fit in extremely well in our room and I am looking forward to working with him and seeing him in a Stars uniform.”
Anderson added “Josh was one of the first guys I spoke to, once the season was over. I cannot say enough about him, he has been great to have around for the last two seasons I have been here. He was a very close second to Dax Hedges for the coaches’ player of the year last year and I am delighted to have Josh back for another season. He had a few other teams after him and rightly so as I thought he was excellent. He will play any position you ask him to as a coach and can play both forward and defence adequately. I’m really looking forward to seeing Josh play this season and I will be pushing him to become an even more rounded player – I feel if he puts his mind to it and works hard, he could really push on and become one of the better players, not only in our team, but in the league. It’s great to have Josh back in Yellow.”