08:00AM, Friday 10 January 2014
Slough Jets coach Craig Moran has backed his depleted squad to continue picking up results as he bids to strengthen the team and transform it into play-off contenders.
Moran has been in America for the past three weeks and missed the weekend’s defeats, an 8-2 thrashing by big spending Telford Tigers at the Hangar, and a 4-0 reverse at second placed Guildford Flames on Sunday.
Moran was told the Tigers weren’t as dominant as the scoreline suggests, and said that getting beat 4-0 at Guildford was no embarrassment for his inexperienced side.
The coach said he’s looking to bring in three to four forwards, a couple of defence men and a netminder to give the Jets the best possible hopes to finishing in mid-table or higher this season and claiming one of the play-off places.
“We might not be able to get all of those players,” he said.
“We’re currently talking with players and hope to get four in by next week. At the moment we’re waiting for them to say yes or no, and there is only so much chasing you can do.
“It’s been difficult because players are settled at their clubs, and to poach players away, like what happened to us, you have to offer stupid amounts of money, and we’re not in a position to do that.”
Moran added there is plenty of ‘raw talent’ at the club, and is confident results will come.
They have also signed Kamil Tvrdek as a straight replacement for Darius Pliskauskas, who left to join former coach Slava Koulikov at the Peterborough Phantoms before Christmas.
“I think this team is more than capable of getting results,” he said.
“These players have plenty of raw talent and even the best players in the league had to start somewhere.
"I believe we are still capable of finishing in mid-table, perhaps we will drop a place or two, but we can still get into those play-offs and who knows how that will go.
“It’s four games to win a trophy.”
The Jets host Bracknell Bees at the Hangar on Saturday, face-off 6.30pm, followed by Sunday’s match at Telford Tigers, face-off 5.30pm.
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