21-year old Duncan Speirs will return to Scotland in season 2019/20, after being the latest player announce as part of Omar Pacha’s Dundee Stars squad.
Speirs played for Sheffield Steeldogs last season in the NIHL’s top northern conference scoring 62 points in 40 games, but does also have Elite League games to his name following a short spell in Glasgow, just over a handful of games in Edinburgh, and one Challenge Cup appearance last season for Manchester. The Irvine-born forward spent six seasons in Solway before heading to Sheffield last year.
“I was looking for a left-shot guy and all the reports I had for Duncan was that he can potentially be a main Brit that can step into the league and have an impact,” commented Head Coach Pacha. “He has a good skillset, good size, a good shot, he sees the ice will and can makes plays, so he is one of the guys I’m excited to see in camp. We found out that we were most likely not going to get Jordan Kelsall back and we wanted to replace him. Duncan is more of a project but with the ice time that (Craig) Garrigan and Kelsall had last year, there is no reason for him not to gain experience early on in the season and to get better on a weekly basis and hopefully we will be able to play him. He is going to be a full-time player with us and I just think maybe we are going to get a player who can add a bit more throughout the season and he has a bit more offensive upside than Kelsall but we will just have to work on his defensive game. We want him to produce, when he gets an opportunity, we want him to make an impact and I’m sure he will.”
Speirs himself added: “After a few chats with Omar, I know he is going to try and make me a better player and give me as much ice time as he can. The Elite League has a much faster pace and reactions have to be quicker, so from my previous seasons with Edinburgh and Braehead, I will know what to expect from the league going into it. I have always wanted to play at the highest standard I can and last year I had to go down south and progress so that I could step into the league this year. noticed Dundee likes to give more chances to young Brits and help them progress, so I just want put a hard shift every time I am out on the ice and make sure we have a successful season.”