Signing setbacks for Flyers

Danny Stewart. Fife Flyers v Edinburgh Capitals. February 2, 2013. Pics: Steve Gunn, shotbyagunn photography
Danny Stewart. Fife Flyers v Edinburgh Capitals. February 2, 2013. Pics: Steve Gunn, shotbyagunn photography

FIFE Flyers have suffered setbacks in their bid to bring a new player to the club.

The Kirkcaldy side had a new import forward lined up to sign only for the player to pick up an injury playing for his current club.

Another top target opted to move to another league for a higher salary than Flyers could afford.

Time is running out before next Thursday’s transfer deadline, but assistant player-coach Danny Stewart insisted club is doing everything they can.

“We had a guy lined up but his injury has put a hold on things,” he said.

“We’re waiting to see if it’s long term, or just a knock. If it’s long term then we’re back to the drawing board.

“We’ve been trying hard to bring a guy in, but we’ve had these setbacks.

“We’ll see how things pan out and if the right guy pops up, we’ll bring him in.

“For now, we’ll just concentrate on the guys we have.”

The signing setbacks were offset with the news that captain Casey Haines is likely to return to the line-up this weekend.

Haines has not iced since picking up a lower body injury against Edinburgh on Hogmanay.

Stewart said: “It would be massive to have him back.

“It gives us a natural centreman and allows Kris Hogg to move back to his natural position on the wing.

“Plain and simple it gives us our best player back in the line-up.

“He’s the heart-beat of the club and brings a lot of energy, skill and work-rate.”

Flyers welcome Cardiff Devils to Fife Ice Arena on Saturday looking to continue good home form.

“We’ve played quite well against Cardiff this season,” Stewart explained.

“We’ve lost twice down there but played well on both games and we’ve beaten them up here.

“They’ve got that long bus trip up and our home form hasn’t been an issue.

“We’re confident whoever we play at home that we can get the two points.”

Flyers then head into conference games with trip to Edinburgh on Sunday followed by a home match against Dundee on Tuesday night.

“Every time we pick up points our conference rivals seem to do the same,” Stewart added.

“That makes these head-to-head games extremely important, especially at this time of year.

“Our next three games are all winnable games and that’s our target.”