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Aldridge sweating on Hoog decision
SWINDON Wildcats head coach Ryan Aldridge expects to be kept waiting before he finds out whether star man Jonas Hoog will return to the Link Centre for another crack at the English Premier League next season.
The Swede ended the last campaign as the leading points scorer in the EPL, after a blistering end to the season saw the marksman finish a total of 42 goals and 50 assists.
Hoog formed a superb partnership with fellow forward Aaron Nell, and having already secured the latter’s signature for the 2012/13 campaign, Aldridge is convinced he will be made to wait by the Scandinavian import, as was previously the case.
“There certainly is a chance that he might come back here next year, but he made me wait for a decision last summer, and I fully expect that to happen again this time,” the Wildcats coach told the Advertiser.
“He has an offer from us and has a contract in his hand, but he is not one the sort of person who wants to sign early and likes to go home and forget about hockey for a bit.
“We have to respect that, and he has said himself he will not go to any club in the UK other than Swindon.
“But if he gets an offer from a higher league in Europe then we will not stand in his way because that is not our style.
“If he decides to come back us that is great, but we need a decision soon.”
Aldridge expects Hoog to have options across the continent of Europe for next season, but believes the club would benefit hugely if he did make the decision to return to Swindon and the Link Centre.
“For me, Jonas is a bit of a wildchild, and he reminds me of myself when I was younger,” added Aldridge.
“He comes to play because he just loves to play hockey, and he was very popular in the dressing room and everyone would be happy to see him back.
“Jonas is a top player and we always look dangerous with him in the side.
“Aaron would be happy to see him back and if we can have another year of the pair of them together like we did last year then that would be great.”
Hoog’s linemate Lee Richardson was the latest member of last season’s squad to commit his future to Wildcats earlier this week, with more set to follow suit in the near future.
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