SWINDON Wildcats have announced the re-signing of forward Luc Johnson for the 2019-20 National League season.

Despite struggling with injuries at times last season, the 21-year-old still iced 46 times in all competitions for the Wildcats and made himself a vital cog in Aaron Nell’s side’s penalty killing outfit.

Johnson will suit up for the Wildcats for the third consecutive season after signing from MK Lightning in 2018.

Having graduated through the Swindon based Okanagan Hockey Academy, Johnson moved back to MK where he won the EPL Cup & play-off titles in 16-17.

Since returning to Swindon, the Wildcats have come away with the Autumn and National cup as well as last years’ NIHL South 1 League Championship.

Johnson said: “I’m thrilled to be back in Swindon again for another season.

“Winning three trophies in the last two seasons has been incredible, and it was a no brainier to sign back with the club.

“It’s run like a professional organisation from top to bottom and I believe that shows throughout the league.

“Seeing the squad Aaron has put together is very exciting. Obviously having Tomasz back is a huge boost to the team and I know the fans will love seeing him back in the Wildcat uniform.

“I can’t wait to get started in September with all the league changes and the new teams and ownership groups.

“I think everyone is excited for the upcoming season and I hope to see all our fans there on our launch day ready for another exciting season ahead.”

Similarly, head coach Aaron Nell was thrilled to have secured the young Brits’ signature once more.

Nell said: “It’s huge for us to have Luc back for another season.

“The work he does on the ice really is second to none and his energy is infectious for the team.

“He had a tough campaign last year getting some injuries at difficult times, but he always bounced back and strives to improve.

“The work he does on the penalty kill is vital for us and for a small guy he certainly has a big presence on the ice.

“He’s got good speed and a very good hockey brain. I’m sure the fans will be over the moon to have him back for another year, just as I am.”