Whitley Warriors’ new player-coach David Longstaff has started to build his roster for the 2015-16 campaign.
And forwards Shaun Kippin and Daniel Good along with netminder Richie Lawson will all be part of the set-up for the coming campaign.
Kippin took a year out of the game last season due to a shoulder injury, but the popular front man is now back to full fitness and keen to resume his career.
He last appeared for Warriors in the 2011-12 season when he captained the club before he moved to the north west and iced for Deeside Dragons for two campaigns in the NIHL North’s Laidler Conference.
Both Lawson and Good iced for Warriors last season.
Lawson made 15 appearances and during his time on the ice the former Newcastle Vipers goalie was able to save almost 90 per cent of the shots that came his way and recorded a goals per game average of 4.07.
Good was the only member of Warriors’ playing squad to appear in every competitive league game for the club last season, netting nine goals and assisting on a further 17 markers.
On committing to the Warriors for another year, Good said: “I’ve resigned simply because I enjoy playing. Last season was disappointing for more reasons than one so I want to play better and get more out of it this campaign.
“Lobby (David Longstaff) coming in brings a real energy and everyone will be massively motivated, I think it will be like a new team.
“With his experience and personality it’ll be really exciting to see how things will pan out with him as the coach. Also to have him as a player as well is such a bonus.
“I’m looking forward to pre-season and to see which players have been brought in and re-signed.”
Kippin said: “I’m delighted to be back, I had to take last season out due to shoulder surgery, but I always hoped to return and finish my career with the Warriors.
“I’m looking forward to getting back on the ice with the team and trying to win some silverware again, we have a great opportunity this season.
“I watched Lobby (David Longstaff) play as a youngster and always looked up to him as one of the best Brits in the country.
“Aims for this season are silverware, I think we will have one of the best teams in the league on paper but we need to prove that out on the ice.”