RYAN Aldridge has added Welsh duo Jamie Hayes and Chris Jones to his Swindon Wildcats squad for the club’s upcoming English Premier League campaign.

Cardiff-born Hayes, 22, is no stranger to the Link Centre having turned out for the Wildcats on numerous occasions between 2006 and 2009 and then again during the 2010/11 season, and notched up a total of 177 appearances scoring 29 goals for the club.

Fellow Welshman Jones, 21, is a new face to the Wildcats having joining the club from the Cardiff Devils, where he has spent the last three seasons with an impressive games to goal ratio.

“The guys will add serious depth to our line-up this season,” head coach Aldridge said.

“Both will offer us a lot more in our offence and toughness and we all know what Jamie is capable of when the gloves come off.

“They both put up big numbers last year, and I know are both hungry to make an impact on the Wildcats line up and put pressure on the other Brits in the squad and it's great to have the competition in our line-up.

“No spot is a given for any of our players this coming season and if guys are not playing up to scratch then they will get over-taken and speaking as a coach, this is a great position for me to be in.”

Aldridge is particularly excited to work with Jones, who is one of only two new faces at the Link Centre for next season alongside Michael Kapicka.

“Having met Chris this summer, I’m excited to be able to work with him because he has such hunger and a real passion for the game,” Aldridge said.

“He thinks in a way that not many guys his age think any more, he wants to know where he can get to and what will he learn from being with us, not what he can make out of us.

“It’s enlightening to see that chain of thought these days and I am sure he will go far with his attitude.

“He skates very well and has good all-round skills with a quick release and I am sure he will help make our team stronger.

“Likewise, Jamie is also just as hungry and last season will have only given him even more confidence in putting points on the board.

“He is as strong as an ox, skates well and is very tough so I’m very excited to be able to watch him play again and I’m sure the fans will be too.”