Kestrels strengthen roster further as two more forwards agree another year

Kirkcaldy Kestrels have continued to rebuild for the upcoming season with addition of two more forwards to their squad.

Graeme Allan and Andy Finlay return another year with the club, joining fellow returnees Allan Anderson and Grant Jamieson on the roster.

With head coach Steven Wishart also securing the services of netminder Craig Chalmers from Aberdeen Lynx, the Kestrels’ line-up is beginning to take shape.

Allan has been a regular fixture with the team over the past few seasons after progressing through the Kirkcaldy junior system.

He weighed in with three goals and 11 assists in 22 appearances last term and says he is relishing the opportunity to ice for the Kestrels again next season.

“Like everyone I’m looking forward to getting back to a sense of normality, training and playing with the boys,” he said.

“In what will be my eighth season with the Kestrels I want to get back to winning ways, putting what was a difficult last season behind us.

“With the addition of a few new faces in the dressing room and Kingy (Steven King) getting on board, I hope to be challenging for silverware again.”

Finlay is back for another campaign with the Kestrels having returned to the Scottish National League (SNL) last summer following a three-year absence.

The 41-year-old, who previously iced higher up the scale for Fife Flyers and Dundee Stars, says he is eager to continue using his experience to help the Kestrels progress.

“I’m happy to be back for another season with the boys,” he said.

“Last season was tough and there’s lessons to be learnt, but we have a good blend of youth and experience – so many of the young lads now have a taste of senior hockey, so I’m sure we’ll see them stepping up again this year.

“I’m also delighted that Wish has signed Craig Chalmers – he’s a great goalie and allows us to build from the back.”

(Image permission: Derek Black)