AARON Nell has placed his faith in netminder Renny Marr by handing the Scottish youngster a fresh two-year deal with Swindon Wildcats.

Marr, 22, has been a key part of Nell’s roster since signing from Elite League club Coventry Blaze in summer 2017 – making 135 appearances in all competitions with an average save percentage greater than 0.91.

Wildcats player-coach Nell rates Marr as the National League’s best netminder and was understandably thrilled to snap up the youngster on a multi-season deal.

News will without question be met positively by supporters amid the club’s push to poach the National League championship from long-time leaders Telford Tigers.

Nell said: “To be honest, we didn’t know too much about Renny (Marr) when he joined, but he has been exceptional since he signed for us.

“He has improved every year, and this season has been our toughest year yet since Renny has been part of the team considering the competition we are up against each weekend.

“He has stepped up and enjoyed another great season, so we’re thrilled to have him for another two years.

“I’m happy he’s with us, he really is a centre piece of our team.”

Marr has been destined to play in net having played hockey for his country from U11s right up until U19s.

His brother Jordan is also involved in the UK’s second tier – icing for Peterborough Phantoms, another team that still has every chance of winning this season’s championship.

Nell added: “Renny is a quiet lad, but he enjoys it here.

“He’s competitive and loves to play, for the past three years he has been great for us.

“The entire roster has confidence in him, and he is a massive part of the squad.

“I’m sure there are three or four coaches that will claim to have the best goalie in the league, and I’m one of them.

“I think Renny is great, I wouldn’t swap him for anyone.”

Wildcats return to the ice on Saturday when hosting Milton Keynes Lightning at the Link Centre – a team that boasts former EIHL Play-Off Champions Cale Tanaka and Russ Cowley.

Face-off is at 6.15pm.