11:57AM, Monday 09 December 2013
Following a well publicised cut in the budget which saw players leave Slough Jets and then the bombshell last week that newly-appointed captain Dan Scott had also jumped ship, the club's management have released a statement ot settle the fans' nerves.
In the statement, director of operations Steve English said: "We are aware that there have been lots of rumours and falsities written and spoken over the last few days.
"Yes we are disappointed that our club captain was made an offer while under contract to us but we will not stand in his way after he has expressed his desire to leave.
"His salary will be made available to bring in a replacement player and the search is already underway.
"Money is also available to replace Tomas Fojtik with a British defenceman to strengthen the line-up."
He added: "Dan Scott's departure is without doubt a huge problem for us but it is not a problem that we cannot overcome and the entire management team are working to make resources available to ensure we can bring in both the British defenceman we were already searching for and a replacement for Dan Scott."
Addressing the issue about whether other players may depart The Hangar, English said: "We are aware that fuelled by the false speculation other players in our roster have been approached and offered spots elsewhere.
"We have spoken to the entire team and assured them of our commitment to both them and to have as successful a season as possible and we are fully hoping that all our players will remain loyal to us."
Ending the statement with a rallying call to supporters, English said: "The time is now for the Jets family to unite behind our team.
"The club are working hard to raise awareness and attendance to boost our support numbers again but we'd be grateful to our supporters if they could also help by encouraging friends, work colleagues, school mates to come and join us on hockey nights at The Hangar."
The Jets took four points from this weekend's games after overwhelming Guildford Flames 6-3 on Saturday and then beating hosts Peterborough Phantoms 5-3 on Sunday.
Next in the schedule for the Jets is a home match against Basingstoke Bison on Sunday, starting at 6.30pm.
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