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SWINDON WILDCATS: Betteridge is pleased to be back at the Link
OLLIE Betteridge may have one eye on the future but he feels that coming back to Swindon Wildcats for 2013/14 will give him the perfect platform to achieve his aspirations.
The 17-year-old forward is on a two-way deal with Nottingham for the upcoming campaign having spent half of last season on loan from the Elite League club.
Betteridge has the world at his feet in hockey career terms and he says that Swindon is the best place for him to develop as a player.
“It should be a great season this year and I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “I came here for six months last year and I really wanted to prove myself so I could get back in the EPL and try and have another great season.
“Having a full season of hopefully good ice in the EPL, which is a great league, will be really good for me.
“It was nice to come back, I really enjoyed it last year, the fans were great and the team bonded really well, so I thought it was a no-brainer to come back for another season.
“This year I just want to work hard and prove what I’m worth and then maybe I can make the step up to the Elite League or even go abroad.”
Betteridge was on Great Britain Under-20s duty this summer as Pete Russell’s side played in the Cherepanov Cup in Lithuania.
The tournament was part of GB’s preparation for the Under-20s World Championship which take place in Dumfries in December and the national side took on a variety of sides - age group counterparts Lithuania and Poland, Belarus Under-18s and Russian sides Omsk Hawks and Kapitan Stupino.
“We got to play against some junior teams which we don’t usually get to play against with the division we’re in, so that was a great experience,” said Betteridge.
“I think we worked really hard as a team and I think we should do really well in Dumfries.”
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