New deal is Farn-tastic for Lightning

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LIGHTNING fans deserve trophies according to Michael Farn, who agreed a new two-year deal to stay with the club last week.

The much-sought after defenceman showed no hesitation in re-signing with Lightning after three seasons at Planet Ice, and has vowed to bring home some silverware next season.

And with the weight of contract talks now off his mind, Farn said he can’t wait for the start of the new season.

“When I was asked to come back, it was a no-brainer as the Lightning organisation is second to none,” said the 23-year-old.

“The team for next season is coming together nicely, and we should be pushing for silverware – with the fanbase we have here, it’s the least they deserve!

“Come the start of the season this team will be ready and waiting for the challenge and we’ll do whatever it takes to win trophies.”

The Durham-born player, who will celebrate his 24th birthday next month, began his playing career in north-east England with the Billingham Bombers.

During the 2005 season he helped Team GB U18’s to gold with three goals and four assists in five games at the world junior championships.

Summer 2007 saw him move south when he signed for Swindon Wildcats where his form earned him a call-up for Team GB U20’s.

He signed for the Lightning in time for the 2009 season, where he was an instrumental part of the roster which stormed to the league title that year.

The promise of Farn’s potential convinced Lightning management to offer him a two-year deal, said head coach Nick Poole.

“We’re delighted to bring back Michael for the upcoming season as he has been such an important member of our team over the last three years,” Poole said.

“He is still young and we feel there is another level for him to get to but he has improved year on year, so we are delighted to be able to offer him some security by way of a two year deal.

“Farny is good athlete, very strong on the puck and has a cool head for someone so young.

“He plays in all situations and has become a real leader amongst the players.”

Poole’s team is coming together nicely ahead of the season starting again in September.

Following news that veteran netminder Barry Hollyhead was hanging up his skates, the Lightning boss moved quickly to acquire the services of Basingstoke Bison’s keeper Stephen Wall.

The 30-year-old is probably best known for his eight years with Peterborough Phantoms, but left the Cambridgeshire side halfway through last season to sign for Bison.

He said: “I’m looking forward to working with Alex Mettam as we’re friends, and he’s a fantastic goalie. I’m keen to give him a bit of competition!”