NEWS: Sharks bolster ranks with Chalmers and prospects

NEWS: Sharks bolster ranks with Chalmers and prospects
Robert Chalmers' experience will be a big plus for Solway Sharks this season (Photo courtesy of Solway Sharks)

Robert Chalmers’ experience will be a big plus for Solway Sharks this season (Photo courtesy of Solway Sharks)

SOLWAY SHARKS SNL have welcomed the addition of Robert Chalmers to their ranks for the new campaign.

‘Bob’ brings bags full of experience and a career full of impressive numbers in the point column with him.

He has been limited in his appearances the last season or two at NIHL level due to work commitments but still has the desire to play the game competitively.

Chalmers was selected as the man to represent Dumfries in December 2013, escorting the Stanley Cup to the town as recognition for his achievements in the game.

He’s had spells with Paisley Pirates (BNL), Blackburn Hawks, Birmingham Rockets and Dundee Stars as well as with the Sharks and his experience will be invaluable.

Further to the addition of Chalmers, the Sharks have loaded their squad with a large intake of junior potential.

Looking to add to their positive starts in the SNL last season will be 17-year-old Scott Henderson and Tom Watson.

The pair contributed good numbers last season and will hope to continue setting the standard for first year youngsters Struan Duff, Harvey Chambers and Arran Shankland, also part of the squad.

At the back 17-year old Stuart Kerr and 16-year-old Luke Houston also had exemplary first seasons at SNL, with Stuart becoming a regular at NIHL level.

The pair will look to continue their progression at the rapid rate they demonstrated in the 2014/15 season.

Such was the skill and attitude of 18-year-old Duncan Speirs last season, he has now become a mainstay in the senior NIHL Sharks outfit.

Adding to the previously announced net-minding duo of Kyle Johnston and Calum Hepburn, is 16 year old Danny Morris who becomes an u20 this season.

Coach Jamie Kerr spoke of his delight at adding a promising set of players to his team for the upcoming season.

Kerr said: “Being able to give these youngsters the platform to progress their game on and seeing their abilities grow week on week is a great reward for any coach.

“I’ve worked with a lot of this current crop since they came through the rink door for the first time.

“Seeing them develop over the years and be knocking on Martin Grubb’s door at senior NIHL level is a credit to themselves.

“Hopefully they can make that final transition from where they are now to either making themselves that go to guy at senior level and beyond.”

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Robert Chalmers' experience will be a big plus for Solway Sharks this season (Photo courtesy of Solway Sharks)

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