Fulton knocked back big two for Flyers return

Jordan Fulton. Pic: Steve Gunn
Jordan Fulton. Pic: Steve Gunn

Jordan Fulton has revealed that he turned down two of the Elite League’s top sides to return to Fife Flyers next season.

The gritty American forward was Flyers’ star man last term, scoring 28 goals and 52 assists in 63 appearances for the Kirkcaldy side, whiched earned him a near clean sweep of the club’s player of the year awards.

Fulton’s stunning form did not go unnoticed across the league and both league champions Belfast Giants and play-off winners Sheffield Steelers expressed an interest in signing the 26-year-old.

However, Fulton knocked back their advances, telling them he had his heart set on return to Fife, and the chance to work again under head coach Todd Dutiaume and his associate Danny Stewart.

“It was a pretty easy decision in the end,” Fulton told the Press. “I met with Dutes and Tom Muir at the end of the season and we had positive talks about coming back.

“I really enjoyed playing under Dutes and Stewey and we had a great group of guys in the room.

“We went on a really special run at the end of the year, and with most of the group coming back, I think we can do something really special next season.”

While confirming the interest from Belfast and Sheffield, Fulton rubbished rumours linking him with Braehead Clan.

“That wasn’t true at all,” he said. “There was interest from Belfast and Sheffield and it was hard to turn down those teams.

“But at the end of the day I want to go where I’m comfortable and play with a group of guys I like.

“I also had a lot of fun playing in our rink in front of the greatest fans in the league.

“They are so passionate, and the atmosphere in the building was unbelievable, especially towards the end of the season.”

Flyers made a poor start last season before recovering in the second half of the campaign to clinch a place in the play-off finals weekend at Nottingham.

Fulton believes his own form improved as the season wore on but he is looking to hit the ground running when the EIHL resumes in September.

“We had a slow start and we couldn’t figure it out because we knew we had a good team,” Fulton said.

“It was frustrating for me personally because I knew I was playing well but I couldn’t get the puck in the net. Other guys weren’t scoring either. Maybe we were gripping our sticks too much.

“We made a couple of changes, bringing in Kyle Haines and Ned Lukacevic, and things clicked at the right time.

“I see no reason why we can’t pick up where we left off, and play like that from the start next year.

“I’ve never had so much fun playing hockey as I did during that play-off run.

“Losing 1-0 in the semi-final to Belfast was tough to swallow - it was a game that could’ve went either way.

“We’ll use it as learning point for next year.”

The late run that saw Flyers win 15 of their last 20 games has convinced Fulton that the team can win silverware in season 2014-15.

“We were the best team in the league for the last few months of the season, maybe Belfast aside,” he said.

“If we can play like that for the whole year there’s no reason why we can’t compete for the championship.

“We’ll go into the season with the aim of winning everything. We’ll know what to expect and that can help us get off to a better start.

“I’m prepared to do whatever I can to help the team win every night.”