Double act to lead Flyers into next season

Danny Stewart will take on the new role of associate player-coach next season
Danny Stewart will take on the new role of associate player-coach next season

A FAMILIAR double act will lead Fife Flyers next season after the club announced that Todd Dutiaume and Danny Stewart will share the hot seat.

Stewart will take on extra responsibilities in his new role of associate coach, working alongside head coach Dutiaume, while both intend to continue playing despite suffering serious injuries last season.

Stewart (34), missed a chunk of the campaign with a severe concussion, while Dutiaume (40), broke his knee in the last game of the regular season.

Dutiaume said: “I have said to our directors that I want to be playing next season but it all depends on how the recovery goes.

“I had my operation about eight weeks ago and the progress since has been slow but the bone has completely healed, so it is just a case of strengthening the muscles.”

On his own fitness fight, Stewart added: “When I returned from injury last season I don’t think I was even close to where I needed to be.

“With the degeree of injury I had, I probably should have sat out the rest of the season. I was still feeling the effects of it down the stretch.

“I’ve had no symptoms of concussion over the summer so I’ll be looking to return in top shape.”

Dutiaume and Stewart guided Flyers to within one point of the Gardiner Conference title last season, while they ran league champions Nottingham Panthers close in the play-off semi-finals.

Stewart added: “We all know that it is a work in progress here and last year we made huge strides and even exceeded expectations.

“The same work is going on behind the scenes to make sure we put ourselves in position to progress even further.”

Discussions have taken place with a core group of players from last season with at least one already agreed on a return, while another two have been set a deadline of this week to give the club an answer.