Dundee Tigers’ player/coach Grant Reekie believes the club has created a platform to build on in the Scottish National League (SNL) over the next few years.
The Tigers last claimed silverware back in 2013 when they won the SNL play-offs, but they have had a difficult time of things since then.
However, a third-placed finish behind Solway Sharks and Murrayfield Racers this term has sparked hopes that the Tigers are on their way back.
“We all sat down last summer to discuss how we were going to move things forward after one of the worst seasons in the club’s long history,” said Reekie.
“The biggest thing was player recruitment which I think we did a great job in getting the team signed up early and then into training.
“The atmosphere totally changed – there was a new lease of life around the place. Everyone was on a high and it showed on the ice.
“Playing in the Stuart Robertson Cup was great for us – it gave our new team time to gel and get games under our belt so we were ready for the league campaign.
“Finishing in third place was pretty successful considering where we had been last summer.”
The Tigers didn’t record their first win in the league until the end of October, but their 4-1 victory over Kirkcaldy Kestrels sparked an impressive run of form.
Reekie thinks that two big results during November gave the Tigers belief that they could enjoy a productive campaign.
“There was one weekend that I think really got us going – a double-header on the road against Aberdeen Lynx and Paisley Pirates,” he added.
“To come away with maximum points from two really hard places to visit really boosted our confidence for the rest of the season.
“There were a lot of highs and some lows, but I am proud of how the team conducted themselves. Everyone was on the same page – they are a great bunch of guys to be around.
“I’m looking forward to what next season brings for us – hopefully we can keep building and close the gap on Solway and the Racers.”
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