Flyers encouraged to embrace Elite

Fife Flyers'Northern League and play-off champions 2010-11
Fife Flyers'Northern League and play-off champions 2010-11
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FIFE Flyers have been encouraged to join the Elite League by the chairman of another Scottish club.

Dundee Stars left their Kirkcaldy rivals behind last summer by ditching the Northern League in favour of a place in the 10-import EIHL.

With the future of the Northern League uncertain, Flyers directors are weighing up their options – including the possibility of a move to the EIHL.

Dundee Stars chairman Charlie Ward would relish the prospect of welcoming his old derby rivals into hockey’s top table.

“I would love see Fife in the Elite League,” he said. “It would re-ignite some old rivalries – there’s no doubt about that.

“It’s not a step you can take lightly, and I would not criticise anyone for not taking it, but it is do-able.

“In this economic climate it would be a gamble but we’ve re-assured Fife that you don’t have to spend mega-money to make it work.

“The Elite League is keen to see hockey teams with a proven background in the league. With the diehard support they could generate, Fife would be a good addition to any league.”

Flyers chairman Tom Muir confirmed that the Elite League is one of a number of options being considered for next season, but he has refused to throw in the towel on the Northern League, despite a recent meeting indicating a lack of support from English sides.

He said: “Nothing is off the table as yet.

“A lot can still happen with the Northern League, we’ve not given up on it just yet.

“We have to sit down and go over our options over the next two to three weeks and then decide on the best way forward.”

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