Poole tips Green as potential Lightning captain of the future

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“A REAL talent with an incredible work rate,” is how Lightning head coach Nick Poole describes defenceman Ross Green, who has committed himself to the city side for another season.

At just 20 years old, Green has impressed at both league and international level, establishing his credentials as a star of the future. He has worked his way up through the youth system under the watchful eye of Poole, playing for the MK Storm junior side, then English National League team MK Thunder before becoming a regular in Lightning colours.

And Green is yet another member of the Lightning squad whose abilities have earned him international call-ups, playing for Great Britain at U18 and U19 levels – and most recently last winter in the World Junior Championships at U20 level.

“We’re delighted to be bringing him back for another year,” said Poole. “He was a revelation last season, it’s incredible to think he’s still only 20 years old. He’s naturally fit and is determined to play his best for the team every time he laces up his skates – a real talent with an incredible work rate.

“Ross is a rare player that gives up much of his time to help out with the current MK juniors. He’s a player that all in MK are very proud of, and someone I see captaining this side in the future.”

Green said: “I’m delighted to have signed for my third full season. Not qualifying for the play-offs in April really hurt, and I know how disappointed the players all were by failing to get to Coventry – but I really believe things will be different next April.

“The team Nick’s putting together will be very competitive, and hopefully we can repay our fantastic supporters by winning some silverware. Roll on September.”