Manchester Storm head coach Ryan Finnerty says he’s looking forward to working with returning netminder Mike Clemente next season.
The 27-year-old is the third signing of the new coach’s reign as he gets ready to embark on his second season with the club.
And Finnerty says Clemente he’s someone he will depend on as he follows Jay Rosehill and Dallas Ehrhardt into Storm Shelter for 2017/18.
“I’m really happy to have Clemente sign back here in Manchester. He was very dependable last season for the Storm from all the reports I received on him,” Finnerty said.
“Mike was excellent in terms of his professionalism and all round ability and in him, we have a guy who knows the league, but from a coaching perspective, someone I can depend on.
MIKE CLEMENTE IS BACK FOR A SECOND CAMPAIGN IN MANCHESTER (PHOTO: William Cherry/Press Eye)
“The goaltending position is crucial for any team and I’m really excited to work closely with Mike next season.”
Storm General Manager Neil Russell added: “Mike was superb for us last season and was most definitely high on our “wish list” to get back here into Manchester.
“’Clemmer’ stole some games for us last season that we had no right to win and bought in fully to all that we were looking to build here with the Storm.
“He was very active with the Storm community programme, so it was a no brainer for us to bring him back.
“Mike’s a consummate professional and low maintenance from a management perspective. I couldn’t be happier than I am right now to see him return.”