SWINDON WILDCATS: Stevie still has points to prove
6:00am Friday 28th September 2012 in By Ned Payne
STEVIE Whitfield wants to add an attacking edge to his armoury as he looks to improve in his second full season in the English Premier League.
The 21-year-old D-man is keen to help Wildcats going forward by clocking up points for the cause, an aspect of his game he feels can be bettered.
“This year I’d like to try and contribute more points, that’s something I’m looking at,” said Whitfield, who collected five assists in 2011/12.
“I hardly got any last year so that’s something I need to work on.
“The main thing I look to do every year is keep improving, and last year was a big improvement.
“I had hoped to make many inroads into becoming a solid player for the team, and I didn’t expect to have as much ice time as I did.
“Aldy (head coach Ryan Aldridge) had said to me that I was going to be a fringe player, but that I would be with the team full-time.
“Then Bairdy (Joe Baird) got injured and I was thrown in at the deep end, but I feel it went well.”
Whitfield went on to make 54 appearances for Wildcats last season and is pleased to see the return of those he played alongside for this campaign.
He said: “We’ve got five strong D and Bairdy is fit now, so I think we look quite good.
“We’ve kept similar partnerships which is important, Swinners and Moorsy (Paul Swindlehurst and Shane Moore) and Bairdy and Jan (Melichar), and I’m used to playing alongside Jan and Bairdy as well.”
Ahead of this weekend’s games against Telford and Manchester, Whitfield says he and his teammates are aiming for a strong display through both league meetings, rather than just one or two periods.
“If I’m being honest, I’d be lying if I said we weren’t disappointed with the way we started the season, particularly the Slough game,” said Whitfield.
“Taking Manchester and Sheffield to overtime wasn’t a bad first weekend but we’re definitely looking to step it up another gear.
“I don’t think we’ve played a full 60 minutes at the level we’re capable of yet.”