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Brittle completes Chieftains Brit pack
10:42am Friday 16th August 2013 in Local Sport
TELFORD Tigers sniper Luke Brittle is the final British player on Gary Clarke’s teamsheet as the final few pieces of the jigsaw are put into place.
The former Great Britain junior international at U18 and U20 has played all his career in Telford, primarily with the Tigers in the English Premier League.
He has also made one appearance in the Elite League for the Coventry Blaze and is a highly rated player in the EPL.
The 20-year-old has moved south for educational and work reasons and wanted to be part of Clarke’s charge for more silverware, following the highly successful double-winning season just gone for the Essex side.
Clarke also revealed his long-term friendship with the Brittle family, having been a former Telford player and the Brittle family’s long running association with the Shropshire side.
He said: “Like myself, Luke is born and bred in Telford and I have known him since he was born and kept a close eye on his progress over the years from when I first saw him play.
“Strange I know and things happen over the years but right there and then you could see the potential Luke had.
“He has plied his trade in the EPL for the past three years for the Telford Tigers, where he has been well coached by Tom Watkins and has scored over 30 points each season.
“He is a highly thought of player for the Tigers and played a big part on their top line as well as the powerplay. Luke plays on the wing and is a player that knows where the net is, he is very strong on the puck and will cause defence trouble throughout.”
Due to his work commitments, Luke may not be able to play every game, but this hasn’t put Clarke off from signing him.
He said: “When I received the call from Luke I was delighted but at the same time Luke was quick to explain his circumstances.
“He is currently at university and has a work placement down south and Chelmsford was the first place he wanted to try and play.
“He also made it clear that due to his work placement there may be a need to work at weekends. We both don’t envisage that this will be all too often but myself and Luke felt it best to be upfront with the fans from the outset.”
Clarke continued to explain his approach to the season and an increase in players from last season.
He said: “With one player left to be announced I can say that I am going with 11 forwards this season including myself, the reason being that I felt to get the best out of the team this year and to improve on last year, competition for places was necessary.
The club is also hosting a Meeting the Players barbecue at Chelmsford Social Club on Bank Holiday Monday from 1pm.
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