SWINDON WILDCATS: Hoog chose Swindon over Sweden
WILDCATS forward Jonas Hoog admits he tried to secure a move to Sweden this summer, but says he is happy to be back at Swindon after a homeland switch failed to materialise.
Hoog was one of the last signings to be announced by the Link Centre side ahead of the upcoming campaign, having spent much of the summer searching for a contract in his home nation.
The 26-year-old, who has been the top points scorer in the EPL for the last two seasons, was linked with Guildford but flatly denied that talks had ever taken place with the reigning EPL champions.
“I never spoke to Guildford, but it’s true that I was thinking about staying at home,” he said.
“I’ve been on the road for almost seven years and have been away more than I have been at home.
“I felt like I wanted to stay at home and I was talking to a few teams, but I didn’t find a really good deal that I liked and I was talking to Aldy (Wildcats head coach Ryan Aldridge) all summer.
“Swindon are the only team I would sign for in the EPL and it’s always a pleasure to come back here.”
Hoog clocked up a jaw-dropping 120 points in the UK’s second-tier last season courtesy of 39 goals and 81 assists, but he has not set himself any targets for the upcoming campaign.
“It’s not about that, it’s about winning every game,” he said.
“If the points come then they come and I’m sure they will, but it’s all about winning for me at Swindon - winning the league, winning the cup, winning the play-offs.
“The team looks really good this year and I have really high expectations. I know Aldy is looking for another import, but the team we have now looks pretty strong.
“Everybody needs to step up if we’re going to be successful, everyone needs to be good, it’s not only me.
“We’re a team and everyone needs to do their best all night, every night.”
Hoog and his teammates will play their opening exhibition game of 2013/14 when they face Slough at the Link Centre tomorrow And the Swede is looking forward to getting back out on the ice and working on his match sharpness ahead of the competitive games to come.
“It’s nice to be playing games, that’s what I’m here for,” said Hoog.
“Wednesday is about getting in game shape and how the team are going to play.”
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