Steve Lyle: Ex-Swindon Wildcats coach returns as player

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Lyle was named British Netminder of the Year six times during his career

Steve Lyle has returned to Swindon Wildcats as a player for the remainder of the 2015-16 season - less than a week after quitting as head coach

Lyle, a former Great Britain international, left the club on 23 October with forward Aaron Nell placed in charge.

"Stevie will be returning as a player and we're delighted to have him back," said Wildcats manager Steve Nell.

"Stevie is a great goalie and is a massive part of our club."

Lyle initially signed for the club at the start of the 2013-14 campaign and became head coach in 2015.

He said the strains of the role proved too much but was excited to return to the ice as a player.

"I was taking on too much pressure and it wasn't healthy for myself," Lyle told BBC Wiltshire. "I felt I needed a break from the situation.

"I think everyone is excited I am coming back. It's time to forget about it and move on. Right now I'm looking forward to getting on the ice and helping the Wildcats."

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