06:12AM, Tuesday 17 December 2013
JJ Pitchley has made a full time move to the Slough Jets after starting the season on a two way agreement with London Raiders.
The young forward quickly showed his promise through his junior career at Romford and Bracknell before making his NIHL debut with the Bracknell Hornets and representing his country at the Under 18 world junior championships in 2011-12 coinciding with a move back to Romford.
The following season Pitchley took his game abroad and posted 20+12 in 44 appearances for Dallas Snipers in the WSHL.
Having signed with London Raiders this season he was offered a two way agreement with Slough Jets and in the limited ice time he has received at EPL level he has proven his worth to be now offered a full time contract with the Jets.
Pitchley aid: "It's been a slow process but finally the chance has come for a fresh start and I'm ready for the challenge and the higher level of hockey.
"The guys are great in the room and on the ice, they’re the best group of guys I've played with since last year when I was in Dallas.
"I’ve got some old team mates from when I was at Bracknell like Lacky and Webby and we play well
together due to that previous experience, and I hope we get to play together as a line.
"It's a shame about the guys leaving but I wish them all the best of luck and for the guys staying, let’s get this train on its way!"
Head coach Craig Moran added: "I’m delighted to say that JJ is one of my first signings.
"Webby (Ryan Webb) did well on debut last weekend and JJ also did us proud so I am pleased he accepted my offer of a full time Jets' contract.
"I know he has a bright future in the game and I’m pleased he has committed to us to help with our rebuilding."
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