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Darryl Lloyd eyes glory after signing new Giants deal

By Stuart McKinley

Darryl Lloyd has signed on to return for a fifth season with the Belfast Giants, just 24 hours after he was announced as the team's Player of the Year.

The 31-year-old Canadian forward has scored 17 goals in 59 games this season and will head to Nottingham with his Giants team-mates this weekend determined to finish the season on a high by winning the Play-off championship.

Lloyd won the Elite League title in his first season with the Giants and then did it again last season and is a firm favourite with the Odyssey Arena fans.

"Belfast is my second home now and I am excited to have agreed to return for my fifth season playing in this great city," said Lloyd.

"From top to bottom - this organisation is fantastic and I love playing in front of the fans. I expect to win more trophies here and look forward to more success in the future with Belfast."

Lloyd was a double winner at the Giants' awards night as he also picked up the prize as forward of the year, even though Ray Sawada, Mike Kompon and Craig Peacock all scored more goals than him.

Sawada picked up the award for Coach's Player of the Year from Steve Thornton, while Peacock collected the leading goalscorer trophy, his 24 goals being one more for the regular season than both Sawada and Kompon.

Team captain Adam Keefe was the winner of the Players' Player of the Year award and like Lloyd he took home two honours, having also been selected as the Fans' Favourite.

The Giants will face Coventry Blaze in the Play-off semi-finals on Saturday (5.00pm) with the winners facing either the Hull Stingrays or league champions the Sheffield Steelers in Sunday's final.

Last season the Giants lost to Sheffield in the decider.

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