SWINDON WILDCATS: More ice time the key for Harding
ADAM Harding decided to join Swindon in order to improve as a player in readiness for the step back up to the Elite League.
The 20-year-old forward played a full season with home town club Cardiff in the UK’s top-flight last term, but had a limited amount of ice time compared to some of his teammates.
And so the Welshman elected to drop down a league to the EPL - on a two-way deal with the Devils - in order to add to his playing armoury and get plenty of minutes on the ice.
“I wanted a bit of a change and some ice time. I’ve been in the Elite League two years and have been sat on the bench quite a lot,” he said.
“I decided to come back to Swindon (Harding played at Swindon as a junior) and am looking to improve my game and it should be a good season.
“I’m looking to improve on the penalty kill and things like that, so that I eventually go back to the Elite League and be a regular player.
“I’m from Cardiff so my dream has always been to be playing for the Cardiff Devils.
“I’ve had that for the last two or three years, but it’s about having a regular role and being more important.
“He (Ryan Aldridge, Wildcats head coach) has signed a really good team and we’re all going to be battling for spots and ice time.”
Harding admits that the EPL is something of an unknown to him, but knows he is on familiar ground at Swindon as he is one of a number of players with Cardiff links.
“I haven’t set any targets for myself points-wise because I don’t know what the standard of this league is like, but I am just going to do the best I can,” he said.
“I’m a physical player and I like to put up a lot of points as well, and it’s great to be playing with four other Cardiff guys.
“Stevie Lyle is the best goaltender in the league and a really good friend of mine, Michael Crisp is another good goalie and there is also the opportunity to play with Sam Smith who I played with in Swindon a few years ago, and Alex Symonds is here as well.”
The nature of Harding’s deal is that Swindon have first refusal on his services, but he is available to Cardiff should they have a game when Wildcats do not.
Harding will also train once or twice a week with the Devils alongside turning out for Swindon.
Comments are closed on this article.