Warriors add offensive options Murdy, Richards and Mark Good

Whitley Warriors 2013/2014
Whitley Warriors 2013/2014

Whitley Warriors coach Simon Leach has secured the services of Daniel Murdy, Ben Richards and Mark Good for the 2013-14 campaign.

Both Richards and Mark Good were part of Whitley’s roster last term while Murdy rejoins from NIHL North Division 1 champions Solway Sharks.

Murdy spent a large part of last season out of action through injury, however, he was still able to contribute six points for Sharks despite only being able to ice for them on nine occasions.

Looking back through Murdy’s career, his best season to date points wise was back in 2007-08 when he averaged better than a point per game for Warriors.

The Tynemouth born forward has a wealth of ENL/NIHL experience to call upon as he has also taken to the ice in the colours of the Northern Stars and the Wightlink Raiders.

Mark Good operated on Warriors’ principle forward unit for large parts of last season, linking up well with his brother Daniel and Jamie Tinsley.

He picked up an impressive tally of 26 points, which included 12 goals over the course of the campaign.

The 2012-13 season was Richards’ debut year in the senior Whitley set up, with the promising youngster appearing in 17 games, netting one goal and picking up two assists.

Leach said of his three latest signings: “Ben’s a young lad that’s come through the ranks and hopefully he’ll find himself getting a lot of ice time this year.

“We want to try and bring some young guys into the team. He’s got a lot of potential and part of my job is to make sure he realises that potential.

“Dan Murdy was at Solway last year where he picked up an injury, he expressed an interest to come back to the club so we’ve decided to bring him on board.

“He’s a smart hockey player but he has been out a while so we’ll give him a little time, he adds to our strength in depth.

“Mark Good is also going to be back. He’s an experienced player so we are happy to have him on board as he can contribute offensively.”

Leach believes his roster is strong enough to give Warriors a good start to the season.

“We’ve got good competition for places, which should keep everyone hungry, and we are back in training now, so by September we should be all ready to go.

“We want to make sure we get a good start to the season and go from there, taking it week by week really.”

Warriors’ first social event of the 2013-14 campaign took place last weekend at the Hillheads Ice Rink Bar where supporters, players and club officials all took part in a pub quiz.

The Whitley Warriors Supporters’ Club are planning to host more fun events during the course of the season.