SWINDON Wildcats chief Aaron Nell says his side are in a good place as they look to sign off 2017 in good form.

After a weekend off, the Wildcats return to action on Saturday where they will travel to Peterborough Phantoms, before facing Basingstoke Bison at the Link Centre on Boxing Day.

The festive period also marks the halfway point in the season for Nell and his troops, and the 28-year-old believes his team have gelled together well despite some changes in the roster.

He said: “Everyone in the team has adapted well, there have been a few changes that we didn’t want in Sam Zajac, Kyle Smith and Toms Rutkis signing for Cardiff Devils.”

“We have stuck together and we have put ourselves in a pretty good spot, especially in the cup competitions, so we are looking forward to getting going again.

“At times we are going to be short, we had an injury last week, but we just need to stick together as a group.”

Cats have strengthened their roster with the services of Sam Godfrey and Edgars Bebris.

While the Link Centre chief doesn’t expect there to be any more departures, he states the club are always on the lookout to strengthen the side.

“We are always looking, if someone comes available then we keep looking,” said Nell, who also expects the time of year to have no baring on his players’ performance this weekend “We had an inkling that Zajac was leaving, we weren’t 100 per cent when we signed Godfrey, but we knew it was important to get him in then.

“If the right player comes available and it fits for them and us, then we will always look to strengthen,’’ added Nell.

“We have a couple of guys who are from the OHA who have played really well so we are happy with our squad and ready for every game.

“The players have got to relax a little bit and rest but we have got Peterborough on Saturday and that is going to be one of the biggest games of our season.

“All the players know that and it is their responsibility to make sure they didn’t go mad in the week off.’’