CV’s continue to hit Phoenix offices

Tuesday, 24th June 2003

Following on from the successful local player trials last weekend, the Manchester Phoenix continue to receive interest from British born and trained players.

Club spokesman Andy Costigan advised, “Ever since we announced the first trials dates, we’ve been receiving interest from players across the country. Last week, we received CV’s from players outside of our local region and again today, the fax machine and e-mail systems have seen more interest from further afield hit the Phoenix offices.”

“With the Elite League being committed to involving and developing home grown talent,” he added, “we take this to be an extremely positive response from players towards the foundation of the new league and in particular our club. The league has stated its aim of involving upto fifty home grown players in its first season and with the interest we’ve had in Manchester so far, we are well on the way to achieving that from the perspective of the Manchester Phoenix. On Sunday night in a fans Q&A session in Blackburn, Rick Brebant confirmed that whichever home grown players eventually make it onto the Phoenix roster will be there to play – and not to shine the pine.”

“Having Rick Brebant as the head coach seems to be an obvious attraction to younger players hoping to improve their game – every year that Rick played, he adapted and grew his game to adjust to the raising of the level, and he translated that into championship and cup-winners medals. These younger players appear to recognise that fact and are no doubt hoping that he will impart some of his will-to-win and intensity into them as they develop their careers.”