Vipers do a deal for Paul Sample
NEW signing Paul Sample has been backed to play a key role in the renaissance of the Newcastle Vipers next season.
The Vipers have persuaded the 27-year-old former Sheffield Steeler, who lives in Whitley Bay, to come out of retirement to play for Danny Stewart’s new-look side.
The vastly-experienced forward has played more than 300 Elite League games for the Steelers, the Cardiff Devils and the Belfast Devils, but had hung up his stick to pursue a career in the leisure industry.
Now he is back to play the locker-room leader in a much-changed Vipers side which is hoping to improve on last season’s disappointing showing.
General manager Jaimie Longmuir said. “We are delighted to get Paul – he is exactly the type of character and player we wanted and he will be a big addition for us.
“Losing the likes of David Longstaff was a big blow to the organisation, but bringing in Paul is a huge signing for us.
“We were looking for a top Brit and he has a wealth of experience which will serve us very well.
“He won two trophies with Belfast and just as big for us is the fact he is a local lad, so he understands the area and he will be able to hit the ground running for us.