Telford Tigers: Netminder Sam Gospel to remain in Shropshire
Telford Tigers have evaded interest from other English clubs to sign netminder Sam Gospel on a new contract.
Gospel, 21, was a key figure as the Tigers won two trophies in the 2014-15 season, the English Premier League and the British Challenge Cup.
And he produced a string of match-winning saves in a Challenge Cup loan appearance for Sheffield Steelers.
That led to speculation linking Nottingham-based Gospel to rival clubs in both the EPL and the Elite League.
But Gospel admits that he was persuaded by Tigers head coach Tom Watkins' plans to reinforce his title-winning side with new signings.
"I am really excited by Tom's plans for next season," said Gospel. "The vast majority of the squad will stay, but he is bringing in some quality guys.
"There was a bit of interest from other teams, especially after the Steelers game, but I never even considered moving.
"We've just won two big trophies, so I'd be mad to leave that behind. Staying with the Tigers for next season was a no-brainer."
Part of Gospel's new deal will see him live in Telford next season, after travelling from Nottingham over the last 18 months.
"It will allow me to concentrate on my game a lot more and spend extra time in the gym. There are lots of areas where I feel I can improve my game."