- Published on Friday, 07 March 2014 14:00
Tom Watkins has warned his Telford Tigers side that qualification for the EPL playoffs would mean “nothing” if they don’t make the most of their historic opportunity.
The Tigers will appear in the league’s end-of-season tournament for the first time in 17 years this month, following victories over Sheffield and Bracknell last weekend.
They will take on an as-yet undecided opponent over two games, with the prize being a place in the prestigious finals competition in Coventry on April 5th and 6th.
Watkins, who qualified for numerous play-offs during his playing career in the Elite League, stressed that qualification is just the first step towards post-season glory.
He said: “It is a great achievement to get into the play-offs, especially after the fans having waited such a long time. They have really filled out the rink this season.
“But if you don’t play at your best over those two games, then it all means nothing. It is a small step we have taken, and an important one, but we want to be in the final four at Coventry.