Ambitious Giants swoop to snap up Swindlehurst
The Belfast Giants have pulled off a second major British signing of the summer.
Just three weeks after snapping up forward Lewis Hook from the Milton Keynes Lightning, Giants coach Adam Keefe has secured a deal with Great Britain international defenceman Paul Swindlehurst.
Despite turning 25 less than two weeks ago, 6ft 4in Swindlehurst is a vastly experienced Elite League player, having played over 250 games with the Dundee Stars, Nottingham Panthers and Manchester Storm.
After being hit by season-ending injuries to goaltender Stephen Murphy and Mark Garside during the last campaign, and unable to replace them with similar quality home-grown players, one of Keefe's priorities for the summer was strengthening his British core, and the signings of first Hook and now Swindlehurst - two men who helped GB win the gold medal in their World Championship series in Hungary - have put him well on the way to doing that.
The player himself was also open to a switch after two seasons with Storm, his hometown club.
"Everything Adam Keefe said were the right things for me," said Swindlehurst, speaking to A View From The Bridge, the official podcast of the Belfast Giants.
"I wanted a change, new scenery and I wanted a challenge."
While Swindlehurst will eye silverware with the Giants after their Challenge Cup success last season, his immediate focus is on developing his own performances.
"I want to build my game, improve and become the best player I can be and through Adam Keefe and the Belfast Giants, and I believe that is possible," said Swindlehurst.
Swindlehurst's arrival at the SSE Arena means Keefe now has 10 names on his roster for the new season, with eight returnees plus the two new British signings.