Another former Ace signs with the Phoenix

Wednesday, 27th August 2003

Manchester Phoenix have increased their local player contingent to five with the signing of forward Brian Worrall – another of the former Altrincham Aces players selected following the Phoenix trials in June.

An already accomplished roller hockey player and current Great Britain international in the wheeled game, Brian Worrall was a key element in the Altrincham team that finished runners-up in the English National League and only just lost out in the Playoff Final.

Phoenix head coach Rick Brebant said, “Brian isn’t the biggest of players and in some circles a lack of size can hinder a players progress. Size is not a real issue; there are plenty of excellent players who are not giants in stature. One thing about Brian is, he works hard and has a really good shot. He’s only twenty years old and so has plenty of time to develop, both physically and as a player.

Manchester born and bred Worrall commented, “The speed, passion and intensity are what makes ice hockey a great game to play and watch. Being part of a set-up like the Phoenix is great and hopefully, training with the likes of Rick and the other professional players should help me take my game to another level.”

Phoenix Managing Director Neil Morris noted, “The Elite League aim was for fifty home grown players spread around the eight clubs. Brian is our fifth local player and I know Rick is keen to add at least one more to our roster. This is a terrific opportunity for these local players and we are sure that their inclusion on the team will raise great interest amongst the fans and sporting public in Manchester and throughout the region.”

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