Stewart Tait signs for Oxford
The vastly experienced Stewart Tait has signed up to play for Oxford City Stars for the 2017/18 season.
This will be Tait’s first time playing for Oxford, but he certainly has a lot of experience to bring with him. With 18 years playing experience, he’s had more playing time than most, and a wealth of teams listed on his resume.
He started his career with the Slough Jets where he first iced in the 1998/99 season, and he continued his stay for the 6 seasons following. After that Tait moved between the Jets, Wightlink Raiders and Streatham Redskins. Tait then signed for the Wightlink Raiders for the 2009/2010 season, where he had an outstanding year totalling 52 points across 35 games. He stayed with the Raiders until part way through the 2011/12 season when he moved back to Streatham, and this is where he stayed for the next 3 seasons and was the team’s alternate captain during this time.
For the past two seasons Tait has spent time with both the Bracknell Hornets, where he was team captain, and the London Raiders.
Tait had the following to say about joining the Stars: “From the outside looking in at some of the signings being made by the Stars I thought they were assembling a very strong team for the new league. I know a lot of the boys from playing with and against them over the years, and when Kenny [Redmond] called me and offered me a position it was hard to say no. Oxford have moved forward a lot over the last few seasons and I was close to agreeing terms with the team in previous years but it wasn’t to be at that time in my playing career. I am looking forward to challenge this season presents and also excited to see what we can all achieve together”.
Oxford’s Head Coach, Kenny Redmond, also talks about Tait’s signing “Stewart has been a major player in hockey in the south of England for years. Has plenty of experience having played in the EPL and ENL1, playing for Slough and Streatham to name a couple. Stewart is a utility player having played both forward and defence which is great from a Coaches perspective. He also shows great leadership skills and will be a role model for the younger guys training and playing for the stars this season”.