Flyers tight-lipped over talks with Danny

Having been hawled down by Matt Myers, Danny Stewart questions Tom Darnell on the lack of a penalty call
Having been hawled down by Matt Myers, Danny Stewart questions Tom Darnell on the lack of a penalty call

FIFE Flyers have opened talks with assistant player-coach Danny Stewart with a view to keeping him at the club next season, the Press can reveal.

However, the details of the 33-year-old Canadian’s discussions with Kirkcaldy’s Elite League team, and what role is on the table, remain under wraps.

Towards the end of last season, Stewart (pictured) stepped into the head coach position vacated by Todd Dutiaume, who is weighing up his future following the tragic death of his wife, Kelly, in February.

However, Stewart was unable to comment on whether that arrangement is to become permament for the 2012-13 season.

He stated: “I’ve had some brief discussions with the Flyers, and they have been positive.

“Unfortunately, I can’t say any more than that right now.”

Stewart has previous experience as head coach of an Elite League outfit following a year in charge of the now defunct Newcastle Vipers.

A spokesman for Fife Flyers added: “We are talking to a lot of guys right now but we won’t be rushed into making decisions.

“We have time on our side, and will be making the best use of it. There will be work going on behind the scenes, but we do not expect to make any announcements until the end of May.”

Stewart was club captain before replacing the departed Matt Siddall as assistant-coach in January, and was also a key player for Flyers in their debut Elite League season.

The former Coventry Blaze man made 57 appearances for the club, scoring 14 goals and chipping in with 25 assists.

He also racked up 105 penalty minutes as he combined both forward and defensive duties.