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Stars sign three more

17th August 2013    News

Oxford City Stars today made their first new signings ahead of the new season with the capture of brothers Josh and Jake Florey from Milton Keynes and Mason Wild from the Oxford University Vikings as the Stars move close to completing their line up for the new season. Stars take on the Solihull Barons on Sunday in their first pre-season challenge and all three are expected to line up with the Stars then.

Josh Florey, originally played in the Oxford junior system as an U16, before finishing his Junior career at Basingstoke. From there, he signed for Wightlink Raiders in ENL1 before playing for both Oxford and MK in the 2011/12 season. He took a year off in the 2012/13 season, playing roller hockey. Despite being a young player he’s made over 50 appearances at the NIHL1 level and will bring that experience to the Stars. A pacy, exiting forward, Josh is a fantastic signing for the club.

Jake Florey, the younger of the two brothers, signed from the Milton Keynes Thunder. Although this is the first season as a full senior, he played exclusively for the NIHL1 side last season. Like his brother, he originally played for Oxford juniors before moving to Basingstoke and signed for MK for the 2011/12 and spent two seasons there. Jake is a stay-at-home defenceman and will definitely add a solid base to the Stars defence for the season ahead.

Mason Wild, signed from the Oxford University Vikings had a fantastic season in the British Universities Ice Hockey Association in 2012/13 averaging three points a game. After a successful summer league at Oxford, he was picked up to add another great young signing that the Stars will be looking to develop. Mason can play both as a playmaker and goalscorer and we’re looking forward to seeing him ice for the Stars this season.

Speaking about the signings, Stars Head Coach Darren Elliott commented “Josh is a great new addition to the squad. We’ll be looking to him to replace our workhorse Dax. His hard-working efforts in all aspects of his game should see him as a regular presence on the scoresheet. Jake is a good strong young D-man with a great physical aspect to his game. He brings a lot of experience from playing ENL1 last season with MK. Mason is an Oxford based player who has a solid roller hockey background plus time in the University league. He’s a fresh face who did very well at summer league and is a quick, versatile player who we think will develop a lot this year.”

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