Tigers EPL forward Adam Taylor will make a rare appearance for the club’s NIHL side tomorrow, when they take on Bradford Bulldogs.
The 20-year-old, who learned to play with the town’s junior system, is looking to improve his match fitness after a spell on the sidelines.
That six-game absence – ironically due to concussion suffered while celebrating a goal – has restricted his chances with the English Premier League squad this season.
And Taylor is looking forward to making a temporary return to NIHL level tomorrow.
He said: “It is something I am really excited about. I’m not getting as much ice time as I would like, so I can hopefully show what I can do against Bradford.
“Match fitness is very important for an ice hockey player. This a great chance to make sure I’m in good condition to sparkle for the EPL side after Christmas.
“I know the NIHL team has a few injuries as the moment, which makes this an even better opportunity to get some good competitive ice time.”
The visit of Bradford is a chance for The Tigers NIHL to continue their quest for a highly-creditable second place in the Laidler Conference.
But Taylor sounded a note of caution about tomorrow’s opponents, despite their position at the bottom of the standings.
He added: “Scott McKenzie, the coach, has similar methods to Tom Watkins, so it will be a good experience.
“We can’t take Bradford lightly, though. I want to get a few points, but the last time we played them, we won very narrowly.
“It will be a very tough game.”
Tomorrow’s game at Telford Ice Rink faces off at 5.30pm. The club are offering £5 admission, as well as two for one drinks in The Tigers Lounge.