Doug Christiansen headed home to Milwakee this morning — but not without completing a key piece of business before boarding his flight.
The new Belfast Giants coach sealed his second signing, with the return of Graeme Walton being secured just a week after Mark Garside followed Christiansen across the Irish Sea from the Edinburgh Capitals.
With Mark Morrison deciding to retire from the professional game, it means Walton is likely to be the only Belfast man on the team.
“It’s important for us to have a local representation on the team, but that’s not why we have re-signed Graeme Walton,” said Christiansen.
“We have signed him because he is a good player.
“He is the only player from Northern Ireland to make the Great Britain team and he impressed me during the Play-off weekend, going in as a forward, and that versatility will be good for the team.”
Walton is now the longest serving player on the Giants team and only Todd Kelman and Shane Johnson have made more appearances than the Dundonald man.
“I can’t believe it will be eight seasons, it goes quickly, but after last season I knew that I wasn’t going anywhere else,” said Walton.