04:13AM, Saturday 04 January 2014
New signing Jamie Line will make his return for Slough Jets against Telford Tigers tonight, face-off 6.30pm.
Recent import signings Andrius Kaminskas and Kamil Tvrdek will both be lining up alongside the two new British signings of Ryan Webb and Line combining with the nucleus of the team and other players keen to seize the opportunity to secure ther EPL place.
The Tigers have made their ambitions clear by luring Dan Scott and Dan Davies from the Hangar last month, Rick Plant from the Spectrum and Joe Miller from Basingstoke Bison, with the latter expected to make his debut tonight.
These four players are well known to Jets and league fans and will no doubt make an impact in the Tigers' effectiveness as they press for a play-off berth.
Jets assistant coach Mindy Kieras will again be in charge for the weekend which sees the team follow their home game against Telford Tigers with a short trip along the A3 to take on Guildford Flames.
The Flames are title-chasing once again this season and are locked in a battle with Manchester Phoenix and current leaders Basingstoke Bison.
The Flames have recorded a win in early season on the Jets ice, but not as yet on their own, losing out 6-3 on their home ice.
The same score and winners were recorded in early December at the Hangar giving the Jets a lead in the season series so far.
Starting netminder Danny Milton was the only Jets goalie to record a win over the Flames in 2012/13 but is yet to face them this season.
looking at the weekend's games, Kieras said; “It’s tough right now, but we are getting better.
"We are fitting new players into our systems and tactics, and with no training at all together the new guys fitted in well against Milton Keynes before Christmas.
"We’ve now had chances for us all to train together and learn the systems so we are looking forward to the weekend’s challenges."
Jets director of operations Steve English moved to reassure Jets fans.
He said: "We are fully aware of the massive task ahead in signing replacements for the players who have left us ahead of the signing deadline, but we are working as hard as possible to make those signings.
"I think we proved against Milton Keynes in our last game of 2013 that we have a great base to build from and that we have players who will give their all to not only compete in the game, but to entertain the supporters as well."
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