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Basingstoke Bison - EPL Champions
7th of June 2018

Petts & Dewey Ink New Deals …

As exclusively revealed by Graham Merry in the Basingstoke Gazette this morning, Coach Tait is pleased to announce the re-signing of two more of last terms triple winning squad. The latest names to join the Herd are forward Paul Petts and defenceman Elliott Dewey.

Forward Paul Petts was the Bison’s most improved player last season and this was proved in the end of year play-offs, where the 21-year-old picked up three points in six games, having returned seven points in the regular season.

The Gosport-born player is a product of the Basingstoke junior programme, standing at 6’0” tall and weighing 168 lbs, this was Paul who shoots right, first full season in the Herd uniform and he had this to say after inking a new deal, “I think I found my feet by the end of the season and I am really excited about coming back. Ashley Tait is definitely a big name in the game and I feel I can learn off him.”

Our second signing announced today is 21 year old defenceman Elliott Dewey, Elliott is another of our players born and bred in Basingstoke who stands at 6’2” tall, weighs 179 lbs and shoots right. The 2018 / 19 season will be Elliott’s second season as a full time member of the Herds roster. Previously Elliott iced for the Invicta Dynamo’s in the NIHL and played his Junior hockey in both Slough and Basingstoke.

Commenting after signing his deal with Coach Tait, Elliott said, “I am very happy to be back in Basingstoke for a second season, playing in front of our great fans. Its going to be a different looking but exciting team this year, I cant wait to meet up with our new coach Ashley and the rest of our roster and get the season started, we have some titles to defend.”

Bison’s new head coach Ashley Tait is very pleased with his recruitment so far and said: “I think it was important to bring back some of last year’s team and with Paul and Elliott, the young guns (Hallam, Cam and Oscar) and Dan Weller Evans we have certainly done that”.

Ashley continued, “With have a young and revitalised roster. Everyone is starting with a clean slate fighting for their ice time which can only be a good thing for the organisation.”