SNL round-up: Clubs strive to keep things ticking over during troubled summer

Scottish National League (SNL) clubs have been working hard to keep things ticking over in the face of unprecedented challenges this summer.

The coronavirus pandemic caused the early curtailment of last season and the 2020/21 campaign is unlikely to start until the end of October at the earliest.

However, that hasn’t stopped some clubs attempting to adopt a ‘business as normal’ policy during the summer months.

Murrayfield Racers have been extremely proactive, confirming 22 players to their roster for the upcoming season.

They include netminder Craig Douglas who returns for his second year with the club and fellow goalie Euan Simpson who has joined from Kirkcaldy Kestrels.

Rihards Grigors, Ethan Reid and Marty Simpson are amongst the defensive returnees, while Callum Boyd, Garry Simpson, Alex Christian and Rolands Gritans are included in the list of forwards.

Former Great Britain junior forward Chad Smith has also agreed to join the Racers having spent the last few seasons in the Elite League.

Kirkcaldy have also been busy assembling their roster, with 21 players confirmed as icing for the Fife-based team to date.

Netminder Craig Chalmers has joined the club from Aberdeen Lynx, while former Solway Sharks’ ‘D’ man Kyle Horne has been tempted out of retirement.

Thomas Muir, Allan Anderson, Sean Cochrane and Finley King are amongst the other returnees to the Kestrels’ roster.

Elsewhere, Aberdeen have appointed Jordan Leyden as their new player coach, while Scott Cowan returns for his third season in the same role with North Ayrshire Wild.

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