SNL round-up: North Ayrshire confirm new player/coach, Kirkcaldy welcome back more returnees

North Ayrshire Wild have capped off a busy week of signings by confirming that Scott Cowan will be the club’s player/coach this season.

The 37-year-old returns to Wild after spending the majority of the last couple of years with Kilmarnock Storm.

It will be his second stint in charge on Wild after undertaking the same role during the 2013/14 season.

He said: “Wild are planning for a successful season this year and aim to be at the other end of the league table.

“We’ve had a strong off-season recruiting some new players and attracting back some key veterans to the club. We now have a vast mix of experience and skill to blend with the young existing squad who are all excited to get the new season underway.

“We have more players than there are spaces on the bench, so all the boys know they have to earn their name being put on the game sheet every week.

“Everyone knows I’ve been with Wild before and as player/coach I’m even more motivated than ever to get the most out of our experienced players and to develop our younger guys to make sure everyone is wary of facing our team this year.

“I’ve worked hard as a player during the off-season and I’m determined to prove that I can still be a leader and provide offense in a younger and faster SNL.

“The aim will be to challenge some of the established teams for silverware this season.”

The club has announced numerous additions to their roster ahead of Sunday’s pre-season game at Kirkcaldy Kestrels.

James Wallace, Marc Fowley, TJ Wright, Ryan Campbell, Lewis Smith, Gary Sherriff and Darren Adams all return for another season, while Luke Kearsley, Scott Wright, Ally Brown, Scott Blackwell and Ryan Parkin have followed Cowan from Storm.

Martin Cardno, Calum Siebenaler, Lewis Davidson and Kris Underwood have also been added to the squad.

Kirkcaldy have confirmed seven returnees to their roster in the run-up to the clash with Wild.

Prolific forward Scott Jamieson is back for a second season with the Kestrels after winning the Player of the Year award last term.

Jamieson, will also continue to play for Fife Falcons in the U20 league, scored 21 goals and 23 assists in 18 appearances in his debut year in the SNL.

Forward Robin Floyd has agreed a seventh season with the club. The 23-year-old bagged 16 goals with 20 assists in 15 league games last term.

Sean Cochrane is another returnee in the forward ranks. The 22-year-old notched seven goals and 20 assists in 16 matches in 2017/18.

Forwards Jay Duncan and and Ryan Todd also return for another year in Kestrels’ colours, along with defencemen Graeme Allan and Gregor Smith.

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