#1 Gary Russell
The Solway Sharks are delighted to confirm the signing of Gary Russell for the 2019/20 season.
The deal will see Gary move back to the Sharks but he will also still be available on a 2-way deal to train and play with the Glasgow Clan as part of the clubs partnership agreement.
The 29 year old Glasgow born goalie spent 7 years as a Shark before making the move to the Elite league with the Clan and has spent the past 4 seasons with his hometown team playing 40 games.
Russell who is a fan favourite at both clubs will now move back to Dumfries and look to help the Sharks with his experience of the higher level and also help push the young goalies to improve but will be available for the Clan when needed.
Head Coach Martin Grubb commented “Gary was my first signing when I came back to this role and we shared lots of success and I am delighted we have been able to bring him back to the club. He is at a stage in his career where he wants to be playing games and I expect him to show how good he is in this league as well as helping our young goalie improve. He is great to have around the group and will fit straight back in and it makes our team better. I would like to thank Gareth and the Clan for helping make this work for both clubs and Gary himself and I look forward to seeing him back in a Sharks uniform. It is a testament to both organisations that we continue to work together to provide a pathway to the elite level for our British players and further proof that it works and long may it continue”.
Gary himself stated “It’s exciting to be working close with two great clubs in the Glasgow Clan and Solway Sharks.
It’s great to see both clubs working with each other to show a pathway for the British players to higher level and for me prolong my time at the highest level of British hockey.
Both sets of fans have a truely loyal fanbase and are hungry for success and its what keeps me working hard every day.
I want to play a major roll in bringing trophies back to the shark tank.
Through my past experiences I hope to mentor those around me making myself and others hungry to better ourselves as a team and strive for success.
Gary will wear the number 1 jersey and I am sure everyone will welcome him back and look forward to seeing him on the ice as a Shark again.