THE BESPOKE Guardians Swindon Wildcats have confirmed defenceman Sam Godfrey has re-signed for a fourth consecutive season.

Godfrey follows a growing list of high-quality players that Aaron Nell’s side has managed to retain, including Tomasz Malasinski, Chris Jones, and Renny Marr.

The 27-year-old has won the league title with the Wildcats, as well as the Autumn Cup and National League Cup.

However, after a disrupted couple of years due to Covid, Godfrey is desperate to win more trophies in front of the Cats’ faithful once again.

Speaking to club media, Godfrey said: “We’ve built something great here in Swindon over the last few years and I’m looking forward to building on that.

“It’s fun to play here, and we have a great locker room of guys.

“I’m really happy to be back for the new season, and as much fun as the Spring Cup was, I’m excited to hopefully play in front of the fans again.”

The 27-year-old began his career in the Swindon Junior Academy before moving over to North America for a couple of seasons.

After moving back to the UK, the Swindon-born skater spent two years in the Slough Jets system, working with head coaches Doug Sheppard and Slava Koulikov.

Godfrey returned to the Wildcats for a single season in 2013-14 before Paul Dixon and the Guildford Flames came calling in the summer of 2014.

The popular defenceman spent three-and-a-half seasons with the Flames as they rounded out their time in the EPL. During that time, he won the EPL Cup and play-offs in the 15-16 season.

Midway through the 17-18 campaign, Godfrey made his return to Swindon where he’s stayed put ever since.

Wildcats head coach Aaron Nell admitted he was thrilled to have Godfrey back for another season.

Nell said: “I’m delighted to have Sam back for upcoming season. He’s always been a talented player, and since coming back to us from Guildford it was clear to see how much he’d grown as a player. He’s big and he uses his size well but is also reliable in our own zone.

“I think his game has really improved since coming back here and he’s a big part of our team now.

“I’m looking forward to seeing him develop again this year. He’s come through the academy here and playing in Swindon means a lot to him. He’s tough to play against and that is his biggest strength.”