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Clarke flies in for Belfast Giants debut

Aaron Clarke will put jet-lag behind him and board another flight tomorrow morning ahead of his Belfast Giants debut.

Doug Christiansen’s newest signing arrived in Belfast yesterday afternoon, following a transatlantic plane journey, to join the Giants challenge for the Elite League title.

Clarke will now be handed an immediate debut when he takes his place in the team to face the Nottingham Panthers in a first versus second place battle tomorrow evening.

Indeed top spot will be up for grabs at the National Ice Centre after the Panthers cut the Giants’ lead at the top of the table to just a single point when they beat the Dundee Stars 6-0 on Wednesday night.

“It’s great for us that Aaron has arrived and I’m looking forward to seeing how he fits in with the team,” said Christiansen.

“He will definitely play on Saturday. How much he plays or what role he has will be determined, but he’s a good hockey player and we’ll give him the opportunity to succeed.”

With Clarke in town Christiansen will soon face a decision over his import players, as he can only play 11 in one game and there are 13 non-British qualified players now on the roster.

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Jeremy Rebek will travel this weekend, but only to act as assistant coach as Rob Stewart is back in Canada for his mother’s 70th birthday.

Brock McBride is, however, on the road to recovery after missing the last two weeks and if he is deemed fit to face the Panthers Christiansen will have to make that call before face-off tomorrow evening.

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