Eleven sign for Warriors following Leach’s return

Whitley Warriors' Karl Culley. Picture by Colin Edwards
Whitley Warriors' Karl Culley. Picture by Colin Edwards

It has been hectic few days at Hillheads following the appointment of Simon Leach as Whitley Warriors coach last week.

The club have secured the signatures of 11 players since Leach returned to Tyneside to coach his hometown team.

Eight of these were players who were part of the roster last term – DJ Good, Callum Watson, Martin Crammond, Jamie Tinsley, Josh Maddock, Christian Johnson, Tommy Ralph and Richie Lawson.

It is also understood that netminder Richie Lawson will be the club’s senior goaltender for the 2013-14 season.

Retaining the services of last year’s top scorer Watson also looks to be a great piece of business from the Warriors management team.

Leach has also brought three players into the club who did not ice for Whitley last season in NIHL North Division 1.

Rob Wilson comes out of retirement to patrol the blue line once again while forwards Adam Reynolds and Karl Culley link up with Whitley having operated for the Solway Sharks and Billingham Stars last season respectively.

Leach said: “When I came in I identified that Warriors were a little short on numbers at the back last season and the signing of Rob Wilson brings a great deal of quality and experience to our blue line.

“Adam Reynolds is one of the top players in the league, his points tally over the last few seasons clearly illustrate that.

“He is a proven goalscorer (62 points last term at an average of two points per game) who is a great addition to our line-up.

“Karl Culley is a superb acquisition for the club. He’s an experienced forward who I’ve played with in the past and he certainly knows where the goal is.

“Karl had a great partnership with Adam Reynolds last time they were both at Whitley Bay and that’s something we’ll be looking at for next season.

“We are not looking to make wholesale changes to the squad just to add quality in key areas.”

Whitley have also been able to add to their coaching staff as former Warrior Darren Taylor will join Leach on the bench from the start of the campaign.

Taylor played for Whitley during the 1990s and for much of the following decade and fans will have fond memories of his whole-hearted approach to the game.

Warriors hope to be able to announce further signings this coming week.

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