WILDCATS have moved to increase their firepower with the signing of Slovakian forward Jozef Kohut.

Following three consecutive defeats in which they have conceded 23 goals and scored just three times, Cats snapped up the 33-year-old from Polish side Zaglebie Sosnowiec.

Kohut had an impressive record for his former employers in Poland’s top ice hockey league, scoring 13 goals and making 10 assists in 26 games, and will be at the Link Centre for the remainder of this season and the whole of 2009/10 campaign.

The two-way forward began his career in his native Slovakia with the Trencín senior team in the Extraliga in 1993 and enjoyed a number of years in Extraliga and Liga, before transferring to England where he was instrumental in the multi-championship winning Guildford Flames.

Over a five-year spell with the Flames, Kohut became Guildford’s most prolific goal scorer with more than a goal a game and is in the top 10 all-time scorers for the Surrey outfit.

Wildcats coach Ryan Aldridge believes he has landed an exciting signing who will help the Link Centre outfit recapture the form they showed at the tail end of 2008.

He said: “I am delighted to get Jozef to Swindon. He will add experience and professionalism to the team and that is what our young squad needs.

“He is a go to guy and will help us in all areas and will lead the powerplay. Jozef is a great signing for the club and will be here for the next two seasons and will be a key part in the 2009/10 Wildcats squad.”