The Nottingham Lions are delighted to announce the signing of veteran forward Stuart Parker.
The 41 year-old has come out of retirement to join the Lions’ promotion push as they continue their fight to return to Division 1 at the first time of asking.
Stuart is certainly no stranger to the hockey fraternity in the city, having come through the junior set-up before making his first senior appearance for the Nottingham Panthers back in 1987.
The former Great Britain Under-20 international spent two seasons with the Panthers before moving to their local rivals Solihull Barons. He returned to Nottingham in 1991, spending another season with the Panthers before going on to play for the likes of Blackburn Hawks, Bracknell Bees and Murrayfield Racers.
He then joined the Peterborough Pirates in 1993 and later returned to Solhull, notching up impressive points totals along the way.
The imposing forward player, who can play on either wing or in the centre, last made a senior appearance a startling 13 years ago whilst icing for the Birmingham Rockets. However, he has kept himself in good shape playing rec-hockey alongside coaching Nottingham’s under-12′s side.
Lions’ head coach Matt Bradbury was clearly pleased to have another experienced addition to his young squad, saying;
“I’ve known Stuart a long time from his junior days back in the 80′s when Nottingham were very successful, winning league titles and championships – he is a winner and that knock-on effect can only support what we are trying to achieve here.”
“Stuart has that fire in his belly and a continued passion for the sport, it’s something that you never lose once you’ve played the game.”
“He’s a natural goal scorer and that’s what we’ve brought him in to do. You never forget how to put the puck in the net, give him a few more weeks and he’ll really have his eye in and I’m sure he will be a huge asset to the team.”
Nottingham-born Parker faces a tough start to his Lions career as he faces all three promotion rivals in his first three games. He will travel to face Sheffield Senators and Deeside Dragons on the 12th and 20th January respectively before making his home debut against his former club Solihull on Sunday 27th January at the National Ice Centre.
Ticket details for this big, local derby clash are available by clicking here.