Moran hoping to script Hollywood ending to Jets' season

Moran hoping to script Hollywood ending to Jets' season

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Moran hoping to script Hollywood ending to Jets' season

 

Craig Moran

Jets head coach Craig Moran believes he can script the perfect end to a difficult season, by guiding the Jets to the play-off championship.

Moran has the unenviable task of taking over from previous player coach Slava Koulikov, and rebuilding a squad that has lost many of its best players.

He started his reign as head coach with a morale-boosting 4-2 win over Basingstoke Bison at The Hangar onSunday, and thanked the fans for their ‘overwhelming’ support for him, and the players.

Moran has asked them for patience, as he begins the job of rebuilding the side, but firmly believes that within a few weeks they will be capable of challenging for play-off honours.

The coach, who works in the film and TVindustry, has seen several high profile players leave the Jets including  former captain Dan Scott, while their talismanic goal machine Darius Pliskauskas, and Czech netminder Kamil Jarina, have also left this week. They have linked up with Koulikov at the Peterborough Phantoms, after being released by the Jets ahead of this weekend’s double- header against the Lightning.

“We’re not going to be a league winning team this year, but I don’t see why we can’t make it to the play-offs, and potentially win the play-offs,” he said.

“We’ve all seen the movies to know things like this can happen.

“A few seasons ago we made it to the play-offs and won, when we were massive underdogs, and I was pleased to be a part of that team.”

Moran has been juggling his professional and family life, along with his role at the Jets, and admits he’s been getting little sleep as he attempts to negotiate moves for players to replace those who have departed the club. He said he is close to finalising a deal for a player who he says will be a more than adequate replacement for Pliskauskas, and hopes he will be available for the games against the Lightning.

“I’m now looking at the changing room and don’t think anyone else will leave,” he said. “The room’s pretty settled and happy, and I’ve had so much support from the guys.

“I’d like to thank them for that, and the support I received ofrom the fans on Sunday was overwhelming.”

He added:“Rome wasn’t built in a day.

“I hope by mid-January we’ll have a more than competitive team.

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