Manchester Storm head coach Ryan Finnerty admits new signing Mike Hammond was a player that surprised him after picking him up for Braehead Clan last season.
Hammond’s abilities made him a favourite with the Glasgow side after coming in last October, but now he’s on his way to Manchester to reunite with his former coach.
And Finnerty insists he’s ready for a full campaign in the Elite League after injury put him out of the final few weeks of last season.
“Mike was someone I brought into the Clan partway through last season and what an impact he made,” Finnerty said.
“When I was doing my reference checks on him last year, all his previous coaches passed comment on not just his overall ability, but also his enthusiasm for the game.
“He took everyone by surprise with his level of skill and showed how lethal he is in front of goal too.
“Mike picked up an injury towards the end of last season which stopped him in his tracks, but he’s over that now and getting himself ready for a big season in Manchester.
“Storm fans are going to love Hammy and what he brings to the team every night and I’m delighted he has decided to follow me to Manchester.”
Hammond made 48 appearances in all competitions for Braehead, scoring 26 times and picking up 49 points for the Scottish side.
Storm General Manager Neil Russell was also thrilled to secure the former Clan forward is glad to have him on his team rather than against him this time.
Russell said: “Mike is someone that was a thorn in the Storm’s side last season and I know a lot of last season’s team passed comment on him every time we played against the Clan.
“Given his skill and overall offensive output, Ryan was really keen to get him on board here at the Storm Shelter for next season and I’m delighted we have managed to secure him.”