Hand swoop nets fellow Scot Adam Walker

Tuesday, 9th May 2006

Tony Hand has completed his second signing swoop as fellow Scot Adam Walker has signed a contract with the Manchester Phoenix.

Nineteen-year old Adam Walker, originally from Kirkcaldy where he first turned professional with the Fife Flyers as a 14-year old, has a growing reputation as an exciting, quick-skating forward with an eye for a goal. Icing for the Swindon Wildcats last season in the English Premier League, he tallied an impressive 29 goals and 43 assists for 72 points in 45 appearances, and was voted as the teams’ Best British Player.

He also starred for the Great Britain Under-20 squad at the World Junior Championships in Romania last December, including a tournament top-scorer haul of 11 goals and 7 assists for 18 points as the GB team stormed to the Gold Medal winning all five games in the Division 2 tournament in Bucharest.

Tony Hand noted, “At 6ft 1in, Adam has good size and knows where the goal is – his numbers last season alone proved that and people really noticed his performances in the WJC tournament. I think he has enormous potential and I’m really looking forward to helping develop that and bring out the best in him. He can play centre or on the wing and that versatility is important as we build for the future in Manchester.”

Speaking about signing for the Phoenix Adam Walker was obviously excited when he said, “I want to play at the highest level and Manchester in the Elite League is the perfect opportunity. I had a great year in Swindon, the people there were very good to me and wanted me to re-sign. But, the chance to learn from the best in Tony and test myself against bigger, better, quicker, stronger players is something I want to do and I feel this move has come at the perfect time for me.”

Picture courtesy of the Swindon npower Wildcats.


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