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Lyle happy with the blend at Swindon Wildcats
STEVIE Lyle feels Swindon Wildcats have the right blend of youth and experience in their line-up for the EPL campaign ahead.
The 33-year-old goaltender is one of the more seasoned members of a Link Centre roster that has an average age of 24.
Instrumental in bringing several youngsters to Wiltshire this summer - the likes of number two netminder Michael Crisp and forward Adam Harding - Lyle feels that Wildcats have a good mix on their hands.
“I’m 34 in December so it’s quite a long time in hockey, but I’d like to think I’ve got a couple more years left in me,” he said.
“There is quite a lot of experience in the team but you need a bit of youth and experience, to be honest.
“You can’t have all experience because you need younger guys pushing the older guys on, so what we’ve got is going to work well.
“Hopefully there’s not many injuries and guys are going to be pushing for spots.”
Lyle has revealed that while he played a role in the switches of several players with Cardiff Devils links to Swindon, it was him that was approached by those players.
“I signed my deal straight after the season and I didn’t contact them, they contacted me, they wanted to be part of the organisation,” he said.
“They want to do well so they can get back up to the Elite League and that is going to be a good thing for the Wildcats.
“It’s good to see these young boys come through and hopefully they will listen to some of the older players and become better hockey players themselves.
“If I didn’t think they were good enough then I wouldn’t have put my name to them and put them forward to Alds (head coach Ryan Aldridge).”
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