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Belfast Giants on red alert as target Wronka confirms he's leaving Poland

Patryk Wronka playing for GKS Katowice at the Continental Cup finals in Belfast in January (William Cherry/PressEye)
Patryk Wronka playing for GKS Katowice at the Continental Cup finals in Belfast in January (William Cherry/PressEye)
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

The Belfast Giants' backroom staff have been given a massive boost after one of their potential targets for next season confirmed he is on the market.

GKS Katowice forward Patryk Wronka has revealed that he will be leaving the Polish Hokej Liga and will be moving abroad next season.

In an interview with IIHF Hockey, Wronka admitted he would be plying his trade outside of Poland next season and encouraged his international team-mates to do the same.

"We have players with good enough skills, but playing in Poland in our own league is easier for us. Maybe they are a little bit afraid to go abroad. I try now for next season to see what will be out there," said Wronka.

The 23-year-old is one of the hottest prospects in Poland and led the league this season with 55 points in 41 games, scoring 21 goals.

Wronka was also extremely impressive when playing against the Giants in the Continental Cup, catching the eye in both the semi-finals and finals stage.

He's also been earning strong reviews for his displays at the recent World Championship Division 1B for Poland, for whom he is an alternate captain, scoring one goal and three points in Poland's four games.

The pacy winger would fit in nicely to the Giants' system and it is believed their interest in him first developed after the Continental Cup finals in January.

They will face plenty of competition for his services, however, and it is believed that a move to Slovakia is the preferred option.

There are also believed to be offers on the table from the German second division, the DEL2, and Belarus, however if Wronka was impressed enough by Belfast on his two trips there then he may be lured to the Elite League.

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