Aldridge happy with Cats squad after signing Harding
5:30am Thursday 7th August 2014 in By Michael Reeves, Deputy sports editor
SWINDON Wildcats head coach Ryan Aldridge says that his squad is now complete after re-signing Adam Harding on a two-way deal with Cardiff Devils.
The Link Centre chief says that the capture of Harding is the final piece of the jigsaw for the new EPL campaign.
The 21-year-old forward is the 16th signing of the summer which has included three new faces - Kenton Smith, Tomasz Malasinski and Callum Buglass - to replace the departing Jonas Hoog, Aku Pekkarinen and Ryan Watt.
“This is it, I have got everyone that I wanted to get,” Aldridge told the Advertiser. “There is one more player that I am speaking to, if I get him that will be a bonus, but I’m not too confident of that happening.
“I think that we will be quite similar to last year, of course there have been a few changes but I’m happy with what we have got.”
Aldridge said that he was delighted to be able to bring the youngster back to Swindon after his “phenomenal” end to the campaign.
“Adam went back to Cardiff towards the end of the season and when he came back for the play-offs I thought that he was phenomenal,” the Cats head coach said.
“To bring him back on a two-way deal is great, he wants to keep that link with Cardiff.
“He is a good player and hopefully he will be able to contribute a few more points this year.”
This will be the second successive season that Harding will be on a two-way deal and the forward is pleased to be returning.
He said: “I’m glad to be back in Swindon for the upcoming season.
“We had a good season last year and I’m hoping for more of the same again this time round.”
Harding, as well as making 16 appearances in the Elite League with Cardiff last term, recorded 49 outings in a Cats jersey.
And the 21-year-old says that he will be more focused on his Wiltshire based commitments this time round.
“I agreed to come back on a two-way (with the Cardiff Devils) but Swindon is my priority this year,” the Welshman added.
“I enjoyed my time with the club last year and I’m looking forwards to being able to help the team out in every way I can again this time round.
“I can’t wait to get this season underway - it’s been long summer of training and getting ready and I’m very eager to get it started!”
Meanwhile, Aldridge will be hoping for a kind start to the season when the fixtures for the new campaign are announced today.
“Fot the last three seasons we have started slowly and that is something that we need to change,” the head coach said.
“It ends up costing us at the end, we turn it around after Christmas, but if we can get off to a good start then we can really target those top four spots.”