- Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 18:55
Telford Tigers have bolstered their defensive options with the capture of Sam Zajac from Elite League side Braehead Clan.
Zajac, 24, will be a familiar name to Tigers supporters, having impressed during his first spell at the club during the 2008/09 season.
He returns after spending four years in the EIHL with Newcastle Vipers and Braehead, where he claimed third place in last season’s play-offs.
Tigers Head Coach Tom Watkins is a long-time admirer of the former Whitley Warriors defenceman, and was delighted to secure his signature.
He said: “I’ve been speaking to Sam for a long time and he was at the trials we held when I first arrived here.
“One of the things I regret is not going after him more aggressively at that point, but we have always kept in touch.
“I think that contact led to him coming back here. He will be a huge part of our defensive core and is a first-class guy.”
Zajac’s size, at 5’7”, gives him a lower centre of gravity and creates an immediate physical advantage over larger players.
That was one of his key attributes during his previous spell with the Tigers, when he became a firm fans’ favourite.
And with Watkins aiming to build a more physical side this season, he is hoping for a repeat of that successful campaign.