Holland returns as Warriors also confirm Crammond, Harley and Harris on roster

Whitley Warriors' Martin Crammond. Picture by Colin Edwards
Whitley Warriors' Martin Crammond. Picture by Colin Edwards
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Whitley Warriors’ head coach Simon Leach has secured the services of forwards Dean Holland, Martin Crammond and Harry Harley alongside defencemen Dan Harris for the 2014-15 campaign that will get under way in the autumn.

Holland, who last played for Warriors in the opening weeks of the 2012-13 campaign, has opted to move back to the NIHL North and ice for Warriors having spent the majority of the last two seasons in the English Premier League (EPL) with Guildford Flames.

He has enjoyed success during his time in Surrey and he was able to contribute a total of en points last season as Guildford qualified for the end of season play-offs in the EPL.

Another forward confirmed on Whitley’s roster is Crammond, who has been part of the Warriors senior set up since 2007.

He had a hugely successful 2013-14 season as he was able to contribute a total of 15 points in competitive games as well as establishing himself as one of the top penalty killers on the Whitley roster.

Joining them in the squad is Harley, who rejoined Whitley midway through the 2013-14 term when he opted to leave Peterborough Phantoms in the EPL to return to his roots on North Tyneside.

Harley played in a total of eight Moralee Conference match-ups for Warriors and averaged better than a point per game, form which saw the skilful youngster trouble many NIHL North defences.

Leach has also been able to add a defencemen to his roster with the signing of Harris.

The coash said: “We are delighted that we are able to announce this quartet of players.

“Dan Harris was definitely one of our stand out defencemen last year. He is now a very experienced, dependable ‘d’ man and has an all round solid game. And we will look for Dan to once again be one of our top performers next term.

“Harry Harley, joined us on deadline day from Peterborough in 2013-14.

“Harry has had a great impact since his return to Hillheads, scoring some vital goals for us.

“Martin Crammond is a superb all round team player with an excellent attitude to match situations.

“He is a very consistent performer who will play wherever for the good of the team.

“Dean (Holland) has also agreed to join the club for the upcoming season after a spell with the Guilford Flames in the EPL.

“Dean will bring a good variety of play to our team. He can score goals, create opportunities for his team-mates and also brings a physical element to the team, which is certainly something we missed at times last season.

“Things are really starting to take shape and we are really happy with the work that has been carried out so far.”

Warriors now have a total of seven players confirmed for next season, and with more signings anticipated in the coming weeks, fans are advised to keep a close eye on the latest Warriors news in the News Guardian and on the club’s website www.whitleywarriors.net