Back from the range, Brebant update...

Thursday, 10th July 2003

Returning from a two-week family holiday and scouting trip to North America, Manchester Phoenix head coach Rick Brebant jumped straight back in the saddle as he advised of progress on team building.

“It’s been a busy two weeks,” the coach said within minutes of stepping off his trans-Atlantic flight. “I’ve spoken with a number of contacts, while visiting family, and identified a number of potential signing targets that we will be following up on in the coming days.”

Brebant would not be drawn on names of potential targets but did note, “at least one of the players I am interested in has interest from another club in Europe. That’s not unusual, especially when you are talking about a quality player but, we’ll be working hard to bring him to Manchester.”

“In the next few days,” continued Brebant, “I’ll be in touch with the local players we selected for further consideration and checking into their progress with the training programme that we asked them to work to. The programme is designed to improve their overall strength and conditioning in order to give themselves the best chance to make the roster – the local players will be a key part of our club and we want to give them every opportunity to progress their career.”

Finally Brebant confirmed the appointment of Paul Turner, a former police officer, as the Phoenix Equipment Manager. “Paul has been around hockey for a number of years and is a first rate person. He knows exactly what is required and will do an excellent job for both the club and myself – I’m very pleased he has accepted the position.”

Rick Brebant will make a personal appearance at the Manchester Phoenix Fan Forum meeting this Friday (July 11th) at 7.30pm in the Great Hall of Manchester Town Hall.