TYLER VanKleef says an early glut of goals has made his delayed transition into the Swindon Wildcats camp an easy one.

VanKleef’s arrival at the Link Centre was announced over the summer as player-coach Aaron Nell made him one of two new import signings.

However, the Canadian developed a blood clot in his leg during the back-end of the off-season and mounting a full recovery naturally became the top priority.

Now back in good health, VanKleef joined up with the Cats camp in November and made his debut in the home win over Sheffield Steeldogs on November 23.

The 27-year-old marked his maiden appearance for Swindon with a goal and has since scored in each of the two matches he has played since.

Making an instant impact for his new side has, therefore, made the settling in period much more manageable.

“I am just trying to go out there and keep it simple,” said VanKleef.

“Obviously, I have been off for a few months, so I am just trying to catch up to the game speed.

“I am trying to move the puck and find my game feet and be physical as I have a bit of size that I can use out on the ice.

“It is definitely a bonus when you are putting the puck in the net.”

As he works his way towards top form again, VanKleef says the support of his new team-mates has helped take the pressure off his shoulders.

And with the team performing well on the ice in the National League so far this season, the forward could not be happier after deciding to make the move to Wiltshire.

“It was great that the team had that great winning streak earlier in the season, and it just shows the depth we have and the mentality in the locker room,” said VanKleef.

“I have felt a bit of pressure but I try not to think about that. I just take it weekend by weekend, try to progress and slowly find my feet.

“The guys in the locker room are great. It was hard to tell them the news about my condition and they were definitely a little bit upset about it, but the three months went by pretty quickly and they have welcomed me in.

“I felt at home right away, I didn’t feel out of place at all. The guys here are awesome, so it is great to be part of this organisation.”