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Staying put: Ciaran Long is thrilled to have re-signed with the Giants. Credit: William Cherry/Presseye

Staying put: Ciaran Long is thrilled to have re-signed with the Giants. Credit: William Cherry/Presseye

William Cherry/Presseye

Staying put: Ciaran Long is thrilled to have re-signed with the Giants. Credit: William Cherry/Presseye

Belfast Giants forward Ciaran Long says a desire to complete some unfinished business with the team was a major motivation behind re-signing for next season.

The Great Britain ace, who made his international debut at the recent World Championships in Riga, will come back for his second season at the SSE Arena having joined the side from the Manchester Storm in 2019.

That 2019-20 campaign was cut short by Covid-19, denying Long the chance to see out his first season in Belfast in full, and he’s eager to get the chance this time around after extending his contract with the team.

“Towards the end of that year we were starting to be a bit more consistent and we were starting to come good towards the play-offs. It would have been good to see how we would have gone if that season had have been completed,” said 30-year-old Long, who scored four goals and 20 points in 62 games in his first season with the Giants.

“I love the place, I love the organisation, the fans. I’m really excited to be back.”

Meanwhile, the Giants have further added to their roster after confirming the returns of Great Britain defenceman Mark Garside and forward Ben Lake, while also announcing the arrival of 25-year-old American defenceman Jeff Baum, who joins from NCAA side American International College.

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