SWINDON WILDCATS: Points not punches for new signing Ryan
SWINDON new boy Ryan Watt has pledged to focus on points rather than punches as he bids to help Wildcats challenge at the top end of the EPL table.
The 23-year-old forward signed for Swindon following his shock release from Slough last week and insists he will not play the role of enforcer on his return to the Link Centre.
While Watt knows how to take care of himself and will defend his teammates when required, his primary goal is to stack up as many points as possible in a red-and-white jersey, starting in this weekend’s double-header against Milton Keynes.
“I’m not going to be a goon or a third-line grinder. I’d rather the fans wanted me to score than wanted me to fight,” said the former Braehead man.
“Fighting is fun but the buzz you get when you score a game-winning goal is even better.
“I don’t like people to take advantage of other players on the team and I’ll stick up for them as much as I can, but at the same time I don’t want to be sitting in the bin for 12 to 14 minutes a game when I could be scoring goals.
“I’ve got a lot more experience than when I was last in Swindon. Pete (Russell, former head coach) had me on the third line but this time I’m going to be a top-six player and add points.
“I feel I’ve matured as a person and a player on the ice. I was short-tempered when I was growing up but instead of taking a stupid penalty, now I channel my energy into working hard.”
Watt’s new teammate and long-time friend Sam Bullas has backed the Scot to make a big impact after putting pen to paper in Wiltshire.
“I think it’s great that we’ve signed him, he’s a fantastic player,” said Bullas.
“He’s a goalscorer that will add a bit more toughness to our team and bring something we’ve been missing.
“We started the year a man down but a lot of people stepped up and did a good job. Ryan coming in will add more competition and that’s the most important thing.
“People play their best when there’s competition for spots and everyone’s going to have to work hard to get ice time now.
“It’s good that we’re not conceding many at the moment but we should be scoring more and Ryan will help us out with that.”
Finnish forward Henri Sandvik will return to the line-up this weekend after serving a game penalty in Sunday’s shootout win at Bracknell.
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