SNL round-up: Kestrels and Racers start building for the new season

Kirkcaldy Kestrels have confirmed their first three signings ahead of the 2018/19 Scottish National League (SNL) season.

Netminder Craig Douglas returns for another year with the club, while defenceman Marty Simpson and forward Grant Jamieson step up to the senior side having been part of Fife Falcons’ success at U20 level last season.

Douglas made his senior debut for Fife Flyers in the Northern League back in 2005/06 and went on to enjoy spells at both Elite League and SNL level.

He played briefly for Solway Sharks in 2014/15, before returning to the Flyers as their back-up goalie for a couple of seasons.

The 28-year-old re-signed for the Kestrels at the start of last season and produced a GAA of 2.55 in 15 appearances for the club.

Simpson will join the Kestrels on a full-time basis next term after impressing with the Falcons over the past few years.

The ‘D’ man bagged 11 goals and 18 assists in 12 matches for the Falcons last season, helping the club secure the U20 league and cup double.

Jamieson was also part of the Falcons’ double-winning squad last season, scoring 10 goals with 12 assists in 11 appearances.

SNL newcomers Murrayfield Racers have signed former Edinburgh Capitals forward Jordan Steel.

The 28-year-old brings a wealth of experience to the club, having played in over 350 Elite League games.

Steel is the second forward to join the Racers’ roster alongside Joel Gautschi who was announced earlier this week.

Netminders Craig Mallinson and Mark McGill were confirmed as the club’s first signings during July.

The Racers will continue their preparations for the new season when they host a fans forum at Murrayfield Ice Rink on Sunday (4.30 – 6.00pm)

Tony Hand, the club’s director of hockey, will be there to answer questions. Racers’ directors, Willie Dunn and Kenny McLean, will also be in attendance.

Hand said: “We have been greatly encouraged by the response we’’ve received from fans since we announced details of the club and where we will be playing this season.

“We also promised transparency and I’ve already hosted an open forum with potential players and this fans forum is part of that process.

“The board is looking forward to this opportunity when we will outline our plans for the future.”

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