Watson, Harley and Murdy all to ice for Warriors next term

Forwards Callum Watson and Daniel Murdy alongside netminder Joe Harley will all be part of Whitley Warriors’ roster for the 2014-15 campaign.

All three players were part of the squad last term and return to Hillheads for the upcoming season.

Despite only being 23, this will be the ninth season in succession that Watson has iced for Warriors having made his debut back in the 2006-07 campaign.

During his time with Whitley, Watson has collated more than 200 points and has lit the lamp on around 100 occasions.

The speedy winger will no doubt be looking to add to those tallies this coming season as Simon Leach’s Warriors look to bring success back to Hillheads.

Daniel Murdy also started his career with Whitley in 2006 and iced for Warriors for three full seasons before opting to move.

The next three terms saw Murdy ice for Northern Stars, Wightlink Raiders and Solway Sharks before he agreed to return to the maroon and gold uniform last term.

Murdy appeared in 24 games during the 2013-14 campaign, netting two goals and picking up three assists during his time out on the ice.

Young goaltender Harley has also been confirmed on Warriors’ roster next term as one of the club’s three netminders alongside senior goalie Richie Lawson and the promising youngster Mark Turnbull.

Harley’s first taste of senior action came in the last game of the 2011-12 season when he made it out onto the ice.

The following campaign saw Warriors low on goaltending options and Harley made 11 senior appearances as they battled their way to safety after a run of poor results had seen Warriors dangerously near the foot of the table.

Last Season Harley was not able to get as much as time as he only appeared in two games, though, he was regularly part of the first team squad acting as back up goaltender to the experienced Lawson.

Now it has been confirmed that these three players are returning to Hillheads, Warriors have three netminders, six defencemen and around four lines worth of forwards signed up for the coming season, giving their roster a well balanced look for when competitive action gets under way in NIHL North.