SWINDON WILDCATS: 'I wasn't always a Shane Moore fan', admits Aldridge
RYAN Aldridge may have made Shane Moore his new Wildcats captain but the Link Centre head coach admits he would not have seen that scenario coming years previously.
Defenceman Moore, who was assistant to Aaron Nell last season, has been handed the role of skipper for the 2013/14 campaign after convincing Aldridge of his credentials.
But Aldridge admits that it took some years for his mind to be swayed by the blueliner.
“I wasn’t a big fan of Shane Moore about four or five years ago, I’m not scared to say that,” said Aldridge.
“I didn’t really know him, but what I saw playing against him, I didn’t really like.
“But since bringing him back to Swindon and watching him grow up as a person and be different to what I expected of him, I know now that he’s a great human being.
“I’m a big fan of him and the way he is with the guys.
“He deserves to be the captain this year.”
Meanwhile, Aldridge has promised his Swindon players that there will be nowhere to hide when he puts his players through their paces over the next few weeks.
The head coach is keen to implement a new brand of hockey at the Link Centre and says hard training will be key in achieving that.
“The next month is going to be long days with regards to training,” he said. “We’re going to have to do a lot of system work and work out how we’re going to play.
“We want to play fast and aggressive, which we wanted to do that last year, but due to injuries it all kind of fell through.
“Speed and skill is the way the game is going and that’s how we want to play.”
Wildcats will look to continue their strong pre-season form when they take on Slough for the second time in seven days this evening.
Aldridge’s men beat the Jets 4-2 last week and got the better of Telford on Saturday and Sunday.
Victory at the Hangar would give Wildcats the perfect boost heading into this Saturday’s EPL-Cup opener at Basingstoke.
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