Bowers back for Cov goals

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Popular Lightning forward Ross Bowers has signed on for next season and says he’s excited about the prospect of scoring goals in Coventry.

The 27-year-old has agreed to stay with the city club during their one year exile away from Milton Keynes, but he isn’t put off by the travelling involved.

The 2013-14 season will be his 10th playing in the English Premier League after coming from the city’s youth ranks as a youngster, and he’s excited by the prospect of helping the club through a difficult year.

“I’m really happy to be back for another season,” he said. “I’m genuinely excited about the team being put together, and really looking forward to the challenge of playing out of Coventry for a year.

“I want to score more goals next season, and do anything else I can to help the team win a trophy – we got very close at the play-offs in April, and the club and supporters deserve more silverware.

“I’ve played in this league for 10 years now, and I want to use some of that experience to help the younger players on the team develop and take the Lightning from strength to strength.”

After making the step up from MK Storm to Lightning in 2004 at 19 years of age, four consecutive seasons with the team saw Bowers rewarded with an offer from the then Elite League Basingstoke Bison.

But in 2009 he was back in Lightning colours, and after spending the 2010 campaign with MK Thunder – where his undoubted ability saw him end the year as the team’s top goals and points scorer – he returned to the EPL and has never looked back.

Head coach Nick Poole said: “Ross has his own business and over the last few years this has understandably been his focus. But I know he’s now fully committed to playing hockey and really wants to have a big season.

“He’s reached a good balance in his hockey and business life and wants to get back to being a top end player. Over the final few months of last season we saw Ross regain his spark and put in some great performances.

“Once he gets a taste for scoring goals again I know he’ll move up our scoring charts. Ross has a passion for the game, tremendous skating ability and one of the best releases in the league.

“I know how focused he is on getting stronger and faster for the year ahead, so I’m really excited for him because I believe he can have a big season, and will be a really important player for us.”