Flyers pin hopes on Elite League

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AFTER weeks of deliberation behind the scenes, Fife Flyers have finally placed their cards on the table and submitted an application to join the Elite League.

Club chairman Tom Muir has confirmed that he made an official approach to the EIHL at the end of last week.

Fife director Jack Wishart will attend the EIHL fixtures meeting today (Thursday) to make a presentation to the EIHL board, who will then decide whether to ratify Fife as the league’s 10th team ahead of the 2011-12 season.

Formed in 2003, the Elite League is the highest level of ice hockey competition in the UK, with teams permitted a maximum of 10 imports and matches broadcast on Sky Sports.

The prospect of Fife entering the fray alongside Scottish rivals Dundee, Edinburgh and Braehead has captured the imagination of fans, with an online petition in favour of Fife’s move to the EIHL attracting 612 signatures.

However, Flyers have received no guarantees that their application will be accepted, with one club insider insisting: “It all hinges on what the Elite League decide at Thursday’s meeting.”