SAM Godfrey believes it is crucial to keep a consistent core at the heart of the Swindon Wildcats’ roster for next season.

Godfrey arrived at the club during the season last year and ended up with two winners’ medals, as the Cats claimed the Autumn and National Cups in a successful campaign at the Link Centre.

The 24-year-old, who began his hockey career at Swindon with the Leopards in 2006 as a teenager, is the club’s eighth summer addition.

Of those who have signed on for next season, seven of them were already at the club, with the only fresh face to date being fellow defenceman Tyler Plews.

With the majority of the roster set to return next year, Godfrey agrees it is important not to venture too far from a winning formula.

“Coming back was a really easy decision for me to make. I spoke to Aaron (Nell, player-coach) not long after the season had finished,” he said.

“I just really enjoyed it when I came back to the club last year, Swindon won a few trophies so it was so easy to decide to come back.

“I joined halfway through the season last year which wasn’t difficult because there were a lot of faces I knew before because I am a Swindon lad.

“The team welcomed me in really well so I had no trouble settling in.

“I’m really excited to come back and have a full season with Swindon next year.

“They’re a club who are looking to win trophies now, so we want to build on last season. ‘’

Godfrey added: “I think it’s hugely important to keep the majority of the group together from last year.

“We all gelled really well, especially after Christmas. We have a good group of guys so I think it’s great for us to build on that.”

Player-coach Nell is overjoyed to see Godfrey return as he continues to piece his outfit together for next term.

The Wildcats’ boss also offered a reminder that Godfrey is still only 24- and says there is still plenty of room for improvement from the player.

“I’m delighted that Sam has decided to stay in Swindon for another season,” said Wildcats chief Nell.

“He’s developed a lot since he was here first time around and I think we all saw a different Sam last year.

“He came in midway through the season, which is always tricky, but he settled in well and was solid for us right from his debut.

“He’s a great guy to have around the locker-room and he fits in well here. It’s easy to forget he’s still only 24-years-old and still has plenty of hockey ahead of him. We’re pleased he’s decided to remain with the Wildcats.”