Thornton: I'm here to stay
Steve Thornton has already started his search for a house in Belfast ahead of taking up his new post as player-coach of the Belfast Giants.
Thornton will commit himself fully to the club by setting up home in Northern Ireland with his wife Beth and two young children.
The Giants confirmed that former Odyssey favourite Thornton was the man they had chosen to succeed the departing Ed Courtenay and he is already starting work on building his team for next season - although the first game of the 2008-09 campaign is still five months away.
"I plan on being in Belfast within the next 14 days, as soon as I can find a house and get my family moved over," said Thornton.
"It's a high profile job and the first thing I told Todd Kelman was that I wanted to be based in Belfast and become part of the community.
"I want my kids to go to school here and my wife and I to make our home in Northern Ireland.
"I remember the days of sold out arenas and the incredible relationship our team had with our fans and the city in general.
"That is so important to making the Giants succeed in Belfast and I plan on getting that buzz about the Giants back."
Thornton is believed to want to announce his first signing as soon as possible.