Flyers now ready to compete among Elite

5011026 SSFF flyers sponsor 'Chris Smith (Sales Manager) hands over the keys of his new VW sponsor car to Fife Flyers player / coach Todd Dutiaume - at VW Specialist Cars, Mitchelson Ind Est, Kirkcaldy

5011026 SSFF flyers sponsor 'Chris Smith (Sales Manager) hands over the keys of his new VW sponsor car to Fife Flyers player / coach Todd Dutiaume - at VW Specialist Cars, Mitchelson Ind Est, Kirkcaldy

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FIFE Flyers are ready to step up their push for the play-offs after completing a new signing – with another on his way.

Recently fired Dundee Stars player-coach Dan Ceman (38) joined the Kirkcaldy club on Tuesday, while SportsPress understands Canadian defenceman Tim Maxwell (27), who played in Norway with Valerenga last season, is hoping to arrive in time for the weekend double-header against Sheffield Steelers, pending the completion of a work permit application.

This takes Flyers’ import count up to nine, and player-coach Todd Dutiaume hopes that finally gives him a squad capable of competing in the Elite League.

“With Dan in the line-up, and the addition of another D-man imminent, it gives us much more depth, and leaves me with no excuses,” he said.

“We’ll have room to make changes, whereas right now we’re playing with what we’ve got and it’s costing us.

“Getting two more guys in is a huge jump and now the true test will be where we can go with a fully healthy line-up.

“Then the pressure goes squarely onto my shoulders to produce, and I’m glad. That’s what we want.”

Even if Maxwell arrives in time for Saturday’s long trip south to Sheffield, it is unlikely Flyers will be at full strength as Matt Cohen is expected to miss out with concussion.

Flyers then welcome the Steelers to Kirkcaldy on Sunday night for the first time this season.

“It’s a difficult weekend,” Dutiaume said. “Hopefully we’ll have the new D-man in by then, because Cohen is probably going to miss out.

“We’re expecting our top line of imports to produce goals in every game, and not be scored against. I know that’s a tall order, but now we’re getting the support in, that has to be the way it goes.

“We have a stronger second line now so things should be improving.”

Drive for success: Fife Flyers are on the road to success after tying up a sponsorship deal with Specialist Cars VW of Kirkcaldy. The deal will see player-coach Todd Dutiaume behind the wheel of a Volswagen Jetta car, which comes complete with Flyers logo. Specialst Cars, part of the John Clark Group, have agreed to sponsor Flyers for the remainder of the season. Sales manager Chris Smith, pictured above handing the keys to Todd, said: ”We are delighted to enter this partnership with Fife Flyers, a local organisation that is representing not only the town but the county. We have previously sponsored the club and it’s good to be associated with them again.”