Clancy eyeing Deeside starting role

Thursday, 30th October 2003

When the Manchester Phoenix face-off against the London Racers next Tuesday at the Deeside Leisure Centre, former Flintshire Freeze goalie Dave Clancy is hoping to start.

Clancy commented, “when the move of the game from Manchester to Deeside was confirmed, head coach Rick Brebant intimated I might start that night – I’m not counting any chickens yet, but I would love to play for the Phoenix in front of the Deeside public.”

Clancy has impressed whenever he’s played for the Phoenix this season and his last outing between the pipes was ironically against London when the Manchester team won 6-3 in the Alexandra Palace in early October. With the Phoenix trailing 3-2, Clancy replaced regular starter Jayme Platt and went on to record a 13-shot shutout as the Phoenix overcame the Racers.

Clancy recalled, “I didn’t have time to get nervous ‘cos Rick just threw me on. I enjoyed every minute of it as I have since I joined the Phoenix. But, playing at Deeside would be very special for me. I know I’ll have to earn the start and that’s how it should be, but if Rick gives me the nod next Tuesday, I’ll be ready to play. This is what I’ve always wanted and to play at Deeside again would be fantastic as they gave me every chance to get where I am now.”

Phoenix coach Rick Brebant noted, “Dave is a bubbly character around the locker room, but what I like about him is he works hard. He knows when to lighten up, but more importantly, he knows when to be serious. He’s done exceptionally well for us so far and I’ll make my decision based upon the situation on Tuesday and not on sentiment – Dave knows that and appreciates it. He’s a team player and knows the team must come first.”

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