SWINDON WILDCATS: Nell admits his future is up in the air
AARON Nell admits he doesn't know where he will be playing his hockey next season, but the Wildcats skipper remains open-minded on the future.
Forward Nell totalled 115 points during the 2012/13 regular season, making him the highest-scoring British player in the EPL and the second-highest overall behind teammate Jonas Hoog.
Those are numbers that will inevitably attract attention towards the 23-year-old, who hit a hat-trick in the first leg of the play-off quarter-final against Basingstoke and is on the brink of the full Great Britain squad.
The former Coventry man has spent the majority of his junior and senior career at Swindon, but is currently in the dark as to what the 2013/14 campaign holds.
“That's what we're going to find out in the next few weeks, I'm not sure yet,” he said.
“I'll have to talk to Ryan (Aldridge, head coach) and my dad (Steve Nell, general manager) and see how it goes, because I obviously want to get better as a hockey player and move on, so we'll see what happens.
“I know what I want to do and we'll find out in the next few weeks.”
Like all his teammates, Swindon-born Nell was left hugely disappointed by the 5-4 aggregate defeat to the Bison in the play-offs.
But the Link Centre captain insisted the overtime loss came on a 'coin flip' and said Wildcats could be proud of their efforts this campaign.
“We worked hard over 120 minutes and it was probably the best weekend we've played as a team all year,” said Nell.
“We have been waiting for this for a long time and we came through and played well. On Saturday night I hit four posts - if one of them goes in, we win.
“It's just a coin flip but that's hockey, that's the way it goes. We've been unlucky all year and we were unlucky this weekend. Maybe that's an excuse, it sucks but we have to move on.
“This was a good year. We didn't get as many points as last year but we had so many bounces against us.
“I think sometimes people don't understand quite how much we were cut - we don't have a centreman in our team. I'm not a centreman, I can play centre but I'm a winger.
“Henri (Sandvik) has never played centre in his life, every centreman was cut out of our team for different reasons and you can't blame that, but we've worked really hard this year.
“Yes, we didn't get the bounces and it would have been nice to win more at home this year, but everyone put in all the effort possible.”
ALL of Great Britain’s matches at the upcoming World Championships (Division 1A) will be shown live on Premier Sports.
GB’s games against hosts Hungary, Kazakhstan, Italy, Japan and South Korea will be broadcast.
Nell has been named in GB’s preliminary squad for the tournament.
Meanwhile, Great Britain Under 18 internationals Floyd Taylor and Ollie Betteridge are in action against Lithuania today at the World Championships (Division 2A) in Estonia.