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Craig Peacock only ever wanted to return to Belfast Giants success

BY STUART MCKINLEY

Craig Peacock has revealed that he snubbed offers from other Elite League clubs in favour of a championship challenge with the Belfast Giants.

Less than three months after his move to Danish side Frederikshavn turned sour, the 25-year-old left wing, who returned to the Odyssey in mid-October, has a taste for success again.

After playing a big part in the Giants 2011-12 title triumph, Peacock has had a familiar feeling of late as the current team has gone about building a 13-point lead at the top of the table under new coach Paul Adey.

"Things weren't going the way I wanted them to over in Denmark and I was looking to get out," said Peacock.

"I wanted to come back to somewhere I was comfortable and where I enjoyed playing.

"I had other offers, but for me it was an easy decision to come back here.

"There are only four guys on the team that I didn't know from before – I played with Jeffrey Szwez and Evan Cheverie in the past and it was a really easy transition. There are a lot of leaders in the team and a lot of experience in there. I am excited about being part of it.

"I spoke to a few of the boys while I was away. I was in touch with Adam Keefe and he told me that they'd put a really good team together and I felt like I really wanted to be a part of it.

"I've won trophies here before and when you've been part of that you get a feeling and we've got that kind of feeling again. There is a lot of belief in the room. Now we're looking forward to where we are going to go in the remaining months."

The Giants will take their winning streak into double figures if they can get the better of the Dundee Stars at the Odyssey Arena tonight (7pm) and whatever Peacock had in his Christmas dinner has had an impact as he has hit six goals in the four games since Santa Claus did his rounds.

"Other times I have been here and we lost the league by a point a couple of times. When we looked back we looked at the dropped points in the Christmas period where focus can slip," said Peacock.

"It's been a really big period for us and the longer we can keep this going then the better our chances are of winning the league."

Peacock's hunger to test himself at a higher level prompted his move to Denmark, but the experience hasn't put him off giving it another go somewhere else in the future.

"I started the season really well. I had five goals in six pre-season games and once the actual season started the coach didn't want to use me," he said.

"I was playing on the third line or wasn't playing at all. I spoke to him and he said he was happy with me, that I would play on the powerplay and on the second line, but nothing changed for two or three weeks and I didn't think it was going to do me any good sitting on the bench.

"I am glad I went and tried it. We played Norwegian teams and I scored goals against them and they are a step up from the Danish league.

"It was just an unfortunate situation where the coach didn't want to use me."

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