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Ice hockey: Enforcer Dave Costelloe signs for Deeside Dragons as Fellows tries to complete roster with Kippin

FABLED Freeze enforcer Dave Costelloe has signed for the Deeside Dragons.

The long-time Flintshire fans’ favourite will add muscle to the side as player-coach Steve Fellows shows his ambition by joining the chase for highly-rated forward Shaun Kippin.

Costelloe was the hardest of the Freeze hard men before he left due to work commitments two years ago.

Since then he has returned to the game with the Manchester Phoenix and at 34-years-old has lost none of the fearsome attitude that made him a success with the Freeze.

“Dave is a physical enforcer, he is a presence on the ice,” said Fellows.

“He can diffuse a situation and will stop us being bullied, which happened a few times last year with the Freeze.”

Fellows is hoping to add the signature of Kippin to his growing roster as he attempts to build a side not only capable of promotion from National Ice Hockey League North Two, but also capable of helping establish the Freeze in North One.

Kippin last season played for one-time bitter Freeze rivals Whitley Bay Warriors in North One but he is moving away from the North East, sparking a frenzy among teams this side of the Pennines all of whom are trying to attract him to their cause.

Fellows has arranged a meeting with Kippin and is confident he can persuade the 25-year-old forward, who scored 17 goals in 35 games last season, to become a Dragon.

“Steve would be a valuable player to us, he can score goals and isn’t scared to get stuck in, a great all rounder,” said Fellows.

“He would be the final signing to complete our roster and it would be great to have the squad sorted in July.

“We had to move quickly as a few clubs wanted to poach our players when we relaunched the club.”

The Dragons have also re-signed Kenny Williams, Calum Ruddick and Mike Jones while netminder Matty Compton will have competition in the form of fellow ex-Freeze stopper Dave Clancy.

“We’ve attracted a few big names, and heads have been turned,” said Fellows. “Dave is a colourful character, he’s entertaining as you don’t know what you’ll get from him, and will add experience.”

The Dragons have a friendly with Premier League Telford Tigers, where last season’s head coach Karl Creamer is now a coach, to look forward next month.

The clash will take place at Deeside Ice Rink on August 26, and will offer the Dragons the chance to prove themselves.

“They’ll be the favourites, but it’s an exciting chance for our players to prove they can match them,” said Fellows.

Dragons fans will now be able to have a beer at the game. Deeside Leisure Centre has now got an alcohol licence for the cafe and will be selling various bottled beers and wines which fans will be able to enjoy during games next season.