Stingrays: Jason Silverthorn happy to be back in Hull
JASON Silverthorn begins his fourth campaign in Hull Stingrays' colours today, insisting returning to the club was an easy decision to make.
The 33-year-old forward is expected to again play a key role in the team's fortunes, having finished as last season's top points scorer.
He was also the players' player and the coaches player of the year.
And coach Sylvain Cloutier made no secret of the fact that retaining the Canadian's services was key to his close-season revamp of the Rapid Solicitors Hull Stingrays.
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Silverthorn said: "Obviously I am older now and it's good to have comfortability and know who you are dealing with.
"It was an easy decision for me to come back as I've developed professional and personal relationships with Sylvain Cloutier and Bobby McEwan and their families. "It didn't make sense to test anything new at my stage of my career, so it was a pretty easy choice. I am getting up there in age, but I feel as young as a 21-year-old physically."
Stingrays face their own English National League side at Hull Arena tonight (6.30pm) before hosting English Premier League side Sheffield Steeldogs tomorrow (6pm).
The return in Sheffield is on Tuesday before the real bread and butter starts next Saturday against Nottingham Panthers.
"I am excited about the start of the season," said Silverthorn.
"Sylvain's put together a really good team.
"He's obviously made a few changes and it looks to be for the better."