Phoenix capture another young British star

Friday, 26th August 2016

Phoenix coach Tony Hand swooped to sign up the services of 19 year old Scott Bailey after being given the heads up by Basingstoke Coach Doug Sheppard.

Guildford-born Scott played for his home town club for 8 years and moved near the end of the 2010-11 season to Slough Jets. He had a couple of good seasons including his best to date in 2012-13 when he hit 39 goals and 31 assists in 18 games for the Jets’ Under 16A squad.

The ambitious forward had one more season at Slough before heading across the Atlantic for a year at the Ontario Hockey Academy.

After his midget year at the Academy, he found form with the Carolina Eagles and had a tidy season playing in the USPHL Elite League with them and had agreed to go to the Ogden Mustangs in the Western States Hockey League but found problems with the US Immigration Service and made up his mind to come home to England.

Scott said to the Phoenix Media Officer: “I was really looking forward to playing for Ogden but the immigration red tape brought no end of problems with getting my visa so I decided to head home and see if I could get picked up. I was training at Basingstoke when their coach Doug Shepperd told me Tony Hand was interested in signing me.

“Believe me, it did not take me long to sign for the great man. I am looking forward to playing for Manchester. I have heard such great things about them and can't wait to start in September.”