Fans wait for Flyers’ first signing

Fife Flyers player-coach Todd Dutiaume. Scottish Autumn Cup at Fife Ice Arena. Pic: Steve Gunn - shotbyagunn photography
Fife Flyers player-coach Todd Dutiaume. Scottish Autumn Cup at Fife Ice Arena. Pic: Steve Gunn - shotbyagunn photography
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FIFE Flyers fans are still waiting for the club’s first summer signing.

Flyers are the only Elite League club yet to confirm a single signing for next season, while the coaching situation is also up in the air.

Last season’s coaching team, Todd Dutiaume and Danny Stewart, are both committed to returning in some capacity, with Dutiaume’s recovery from a broken kneecap set to determine what role he plays.

Dutiaume stressed however that work is going on behind the scenes to put a competitive team on the ice next season.

“People will be getting anxious at other clubs making all these singing announcements,” Dutaiume said.

“It will be frustrating for people who are hungry for hockey news after a month off, but it’s never been the Fife way to rush into things like that.

“We took our time last year, and we put a very good product on the ice. It may feel to people that we’re letting things slip to the wayside, but behind the scenes everything is being taken care of.

“As soon as we have player signing news, we’ll be as keen to make the announcements as the fans are keen to hear it.”

Flyers are hoping to retain a core of last season’s team, although Steven McAlpine is leaving to pursue a career in Norway.

Meanwhile, Kirkcaldy-born defenceman Craig Mitchell this week signed for Braehead Clan.

Flyers fans can win a jersey worn by one of last season’s heroes - and raise money for charity.

Fife Floorball Club sponsored Flyers netminder Bryan Pitton last season, and they are now putting his jersey up for raffle.

Funds raised will go towards both the youth development of floorball and children’s charity CHAS.

To purchase raffle tickets visit www.fifefloorball.co.uk.