First new signing arrives

Thursday, 18th December 2003

Manchester Phoenix head coach Rick Brebant revealed that the first of his new signings arrived in Manchester late on Wednesday evening – as twenty-nine year old right winger Darcy Anderson flew into Manchester from Italy where he began the season playing for SV Ritten in the Italian Serie A.

Brebant commented, “we heard about Darcy a few weeks ago and we asked his agent to keep us informed of his status. Last weekend, he called and said Darcy was available, so we put the wheels in motion to bring him to Manchester. We got references on him that told of a hard-skating two-way forward who drives hard to the net – and that is the one element that we’ve been short of all season.”

Darcy Anderson hails from North Bay in Ontario, Canada and stands a little less than six feet tall. A four-time All-American All-Star while attending Iowa State University, Darcy has spent the majority of his career in the minor leagues before moving to Italy last season to play with Milan where he was an integral part of the team that clinched not only the Italian championship, but the playoff championship as well. This summer he moved to Ritten and was leading the team in powerplay goals while improving his chances of national team eligibility.

Given the chance to play for the Phoenix in the Elite League, Darcy didn’t take long to make up his mind. “I talked to a couple of guys who have played previously in Britain and one who knows Rick very well and they told me he’s a winner. I’m happy to come to Manchester and hope to play a big part in helping the team live up to its potential.”

Brebant added, “Darcy is the first of our reinforcements, he will add something to our attacking options and give us a bit more grit for the second half of the season. He’ll train with the squad on Thursday while we tie up the loose ends of his paperwork. With a bit of luck another new face could also be here for the weekend trip to Belfast.”

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