EDGARS Bebris hopes to help Swindon Wildcats continue to challenge for silverware after becoming the latest player to put pen to paper on a new deal with the club.

Bebris was part of the Cats roster that won both the Autumn Trophy and NIHL Cup in 2017-18 and has now put pen to paper on a two-year contract to remain at the Link Centre.

The 26-year-old only joined Swindon midway through last season following his release by Elite League side Coventry Blaze back in December.

It proved to be a shrewd capture by Cats player-coach Aaron Nell as Latvian-born forward Bebris scored 35 points across his 36 appearances for the club.

“We had a good team and everyone pulled together and we were able to do well. I was happy to do my part,” said Bebris.

“It was good to involved with last season and I loved every minute since I joined. I’m pleased to be back again next season.

“It’s good to get a two-year deal. It means I have a bit of security and I know I don’t need to worry about it for a couple of years.

“We have shown we have the players to compete and win more trophies but there is that expectation now. The organisation and the fans will think we should be in there challenging so hopefully we can have another good season.”

Alongside coach Nell, Bebris joins Renny Marr, Stevie Whitfield Neil Liddiard, Floyd Taylor and Sam Bullas from the 2017-18 roster who will be back again next season, while the club have also brought in new recruit Tyler Plews.

Nell is thrilled with his latest bit of business and believes Bebris can only get better with an extended stay with the Wildcats.

“Edgars was really good for us when he came in and especially in those two home games in the cup finals. He put in two massive performances,” said Nell.

“It was important for him to have that bit of security with a two-year contract and we’re lucky that as an organisation, we can offer that to players.

“He is a big guy and he has a lot of physicality out on the ice. He is a tough competitor. He offers something different and he is a big weapon for us.

“He was an important player for us when he came in and I know he is going to be an important player in the future. We’re pleased to have him back.

“We’re still talking to players and looking at a few things. It’s always a hectic time in the summer but hopefully we can announce some more news soon.”