Flyers to unveil new blue liner

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FIFE Flyers search for a new import defenceman is almost over.

The club has agreed terms with a blue liner and is now waiting on his work permit being issued before making a formal announcement.

‘‘As soon as the paperwork is done he is on the next flight out’’ said head coach Todd Dutiaume.

Flyers are hoping that will be in time for him to ice against Belfast Giants on Saturday night.

‘‘Everything is in place, and there are no delays at our end - no-one is dragging their heels.’’

Dutiaume admits a new player would be the perfect boost going into the game against the league leaders - but spirits are high after a fine 5-4 win over Braehead Clan.

Danny Stewart will ice despite carrying an ankle injury - he had it strapped up against Clan to good effect but then suffered when he went to block a shot.

It was an eventful night - Stewart also lost three teeth early on in the game but carried on and netted a key powerplay strike!

Dutiaume is also angling to return after recovering from injury.

‘‘Everyone is in good spirits,‘‘ he said. ‘‘It’s amazing what a win can do for the dressing-room.

‘‘If we’d found a way to lose on Sunday we’d have been back in the doledrums, but everyone worked hard and deserved the win, and you saw a different side coming through in training. There was a good deal of light-heartedness, so it’d be good to build on it.

‘‘We needed a breakout gamne like that where the puck finally went our way, and we also fought our way through at the end when they started putting the pressure on.

‘‘We’ll go into the game against Belfast with a lot more confidence.’’

Flyers are also at home on Tuesday when they face Coventry Blaze who have issued an urgent SOS to fans as they face a potential financial crisis.

On Sunday, all roads lead to Tayside as Flyers take on Dundee Stars.

FIFE Flyers stage their annual Christmas toy appeal on Saturday.

Canadian stars Mike Hamilton and Matt Siddall helped launch the appeal with a touch of festive tinsel and a Santa hat this week!

And they are confident generous ice hockey fans will come to the rink armed with gifts for children who have very little.

The club has been running the appeal for a number of years, collecting thousands of toys in the process.

All they ask is the the gifts are new and donated unwrapped - but donations of wrapping paper would also be welcome!

They should also be suitable for age up to 16.

All the gifts donated will be distributed in connection with Gingerbread to local families in need.