WITH Ben Nethersell becoming the latest player to commit to the Swindon Wildcats for next season, player-coach says he likes the way his team are assembling.

After a cup double at the Link Centre last season, unsurprisingly, Nell has opted to stick with the majority of last season’s roster.

So far, Tyler Plews remains the only fresh face, with Ollie Stone being the only player who has opted to seek his opportunities else where.

The defensive quartet of Stevie Whitfield, Neil Liddiard, Sam Godfrey and Plews have also agreed to extend their stays.

With four players already in place, Nell admits D-man Nethersell brings something slightly different to the table.

“As a defenceman he moves the puck really well. He is more of an offensive defenceman and you need that,” said Nell.

“He compliments the other four that we have really well and he brings that offensive side to things too and if we are going to play the way we want to play, we need people like Ben.

“I’m very pleased because he is a young player who has improved a lot,” he said.

“He had an up and down year last year, but at the end of the year he was playing really well and he got back to the level he was at two years ago.

“He stepped up massively last year and he plays the game well above his years.

"At just 20 years old his best days are still to come and he is a big part of the defensive core in Swindon.

“He showed the patience when he needed it and he took his chance when it came to him. He really impressed me last year with his performances and I really wanted to keep him in Swindon for another season.

“I’m very happy he is back and I know he is excited to be back playing for Swindon.”

Nethersell, who contributed two goals and 12 assists in 62 games last year, said: “I didn’t want to be playing anywhere else and after the success of last year I don’t think there is a better place to be playing.

"There is always room for improvement, I want to be more reliable for Aaron but I was happy with how I performed last year.

"It’s great to be winning trophies and we want to be winning everything we possibly can.

"The league must be the main priority but we want that winning feeling we had last year.

"I’m hoping to be back on the ice soon and before we know it we’ll be back for our first practice of the year. I can’t wait to get going again.''