Lawson, Barnes and Crammond all part of Whitley Warriors plans

Whitley Warriors' Martin Crammond. Picture by Colin Edwards
Whitley Warriors' Martin Crammond. Picture by Colin Edwards
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Whitley Warriors have agreed deals with three more players for the 2016-16 season.

Jordan Barnes, Alex Lawson and Martin Crammond will all be on the roster next term.

All three iced last season and have been re-signed by new player-coach David Longstaff as Warriors prepare for the NIHL North Division 1 campaign.

Long serving forward Martin Crammond will again be wearing the maroon and gold of Whitley next term.

Crammond has been around the senior set up for the last decade now and the industrious frontman brings an abundance of energy and guile to the Warriors set up.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to this season, this will be my tenth consecutive season for the Warriors and this is the most excited I have felt in a long time.

“I’ve played with one of my heroes as a kid in Simon Leach and now I have the opportunity to play with another hero of mine in David Longstaff, which will tick another box for me personally.

“With respect of the up and coming season, I believe we are building for a strong one, I’m hoping we are battling for the top spot this year, and I believe we have the tools for the job.”

Alex Lawson will also be part of Warriors’ plans next season.

The versatile 21-year-old is hoping to be fit for the start of the campaign and is currently getting back into training after picking up a leg injury towards the end of last term.

Lawson, who can comfortably play both as a forward and in defence, tallied 12 points for Warriors in 2014-15, despite playing in a number of different positions on different lines.

Once he regains full fitness he will be able to join his brother Richie in the first team squad on a regular basis.

Lawson said: “The injury is healing very well. It’s been ten weeks now and luckily things aren’t as bad as what they first appeared.

“I haven’t needed any surgery just a lot of rest and physio, which is now starting to pay dividends.

“I am back in the gym now progressing with strength training and I aim to be fully fit for the start of the new season.

“The announcement of David Longstaff as head coach is fantastic news after a disappointing year last year.

“I think it will be completely different this time round.

“I believe we will be able to compete with the top teams in the league otherwise we wouldn’t be fulfilling our full potential.

“I’m really looking forward to picking up where I left off. No player wants to end their season with a bad injury as I did, but that has made me more determined to come back this season and help the team to a more successful campaign.

“It will be great to play under Lobby, we go back a long time to when I was just beginning to learn to play.

“He will be able to give the team years of top level experience and knowledge which will hopefully push Whitley on to great things this year.”

Another player who had injury problems last season was power forward Jordan Barnes, who suffered a serious knee injury shortly into the campaign in a game up at Solway.

Over the summer months Barnes will begin training again before getting back on the ice as he bids to overcome his injury nightmare.

It is not yet clear whether he will be fit for the beginning of the campaign, however, it should not be too long into the season before the number 17 will be back playing again in a competitive match.

Warriors fans are reminded to keep an eye on the clubs website and the local press as Whitley will be releasing more information regarding their playing roster in the near future.