FINNERTY: GLASGOW NAME CHANGE ‘SENSIBLE’

September 14, 2018 7:58 am

Manchester Storm coach Ryan Finnerty reckons the name change from Braehead to Glasgow Clan is a sensible one.

Finnerty spent four years in charge at the former Braehead Clan between 2013 and 2017 and will see his current team come up against his old one on Sunday in Altrincham.

But he admits he’s struggling to get used to the new moniker.

“It’s going to take me a while to get used to the name change,” he laughed.  “I still keep calling it ‘Braehead’ and I even wrote it down in some notes.

“But it’s a change that made a lot of sense from a marketing point of view.  It was an idea they had flirted with when I was there and we’re similar with our name and where we are in relation to the city.

“We’re still part of the city and Glasgow is much the same.  It’s a great place with a great reputation and I applaud them for doing it.

“It looks like it’s gone down pretty well and the uniforms look good too and I say well done for everyone involved in doing that.

FINNERTY IS UP AGAINST THE TWO TEAMS HE’S COACHED PREVIOUSLY THIS WEEKEND (PHOTO: Scott Wiggins)

“I think it was about time and from the outside looking, it’s all positives.”

Before then, Finnerty makes the trip to another former team in Sheffield Steelers, who played for and coached in his time in the UK.

Steelers won five of their six meetings last season, although Storm pipped them into second place in the end.

But Finnerty says he always enjoys games against Paul Thompson’s side and is keen to do well in their Challenge Cup tilt.

He added: “Everyone looks forward to going to Sheffield.  They have a nice building and good crowds.  Plus being a big club, you want to knock them off.

“You wouldn’t be playing at this level if you didn’t get excited for those games.  Saturday’s game is in the Challenge Cup and it’s something we want to do well in.

“We’ve only got the Steelers and Nottingham Panthers in our group, but I think if we can get off to a good start, it puts one of those teams under pressure to get some points.

“It’s a lot of fun in a building with a lot of energy and we’re looking forward to challenge.”

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