SWINDON Wildcats have completed the signing of versatile skater Josh Batch from Cardiff Devils.

The coming season would have been Batch’s tenth consecutive campaign with the EIHL side, however, with the Elite League not taking place until 2021-22, the Wildcats jumped at the chance to sign an experienced and quality player for the truncated 2020-21 season.

Batch has iced in 590 games for the Devils in his nine previous seasons, contributing 123 points.

During his time in Cardiff, Batch has been a big part of the Devils, and since 2014 he has lifted two league titles, two challenge cups and a pair of play-off titles.

According to reports, the Cats’ newest signing brings versatility and toughness to the Wildcats with his ability to play as a forward or as a defenceman.

Internationally, he has also been a member of four GB teams at World Championship and Olympic Qualifier level, including a silver medal in 2015-16.

Discussing his newest arrival, head coach Aaron Nell said: “We’re delighted to have Josh signed up for the new season.

“As soon as the EIHL was cancelled, we got in contact and the deal was struck quite quickly.

“Josh will start as a defenceman for us, but he can play as a forward if needed too.

“I think he’ll complement the other D men really well, and he’s coming from the best hockey team in the UK.

“He’s played at a very high level including for Team GB and in the Champions Hockey League and we’re thrilled to have a player of his calibre in Swindon.”

Meanwhile, Swindon announced back-up netminders Michael Crisp and Tyler Perre will be returning to the roster once again for the new NIHL season.

Both players were rotated as the back-up netminder to Renny Marr last year, and Nell confirmed the pair will continue to do so for the 20-21 campaign.

The Swindon coach believes both Perre and Crisp are vital to the team and is delighted to have their services to call upon once again this year.

Nell said: “It’s great to get Crispy and Tyler back to back up Renny again this year.

“The three of them worked closely together last year and really pushed each other to be the best they can be.

“The guys love being around the team and whilst the back up is a tough job, they always come to the rink with a smile on their faces.”