BREAKING: Wildcats handed a boost as Lyle commits his future to the club

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Stevie Lyle has penned a new three-year deal with the Wildcats (PIC: Richard Wintle)

Swindon Wildcats have wasted little time in building for next season after tying down influential Netminder Stevie Lyle to a new long-term contract.

The 36-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at the Link Centre, which suggests the stopper will finish his prestigious career with the Cats.

Lyle – who started the 2015/16 campaign as Head Coach of the Wildcats before leaving his post and returning as a player – first arrived in Wiltshire in the summer of 2013 after leaving the Basingstoke Bison.

The GB international has produced a string of match-winning and impressive displays since joining the club and has stepped his game up a notch this term, prompting the Wildcats to reward one of their most prized assets with a lengthy new contract.

“We are delighted to have Stevie committed to the Wildcats for the next three years,” Cats General Manager Steve Nell said.

“In my opinion he is the best goalie in the league and an integral part of the club’s development over the next few years.

“With the move to import Netminders by many clubs, we believe the decision to sign Stevie to a three-year contract will benefit the club during that period.”

Lyle – who is currently resting a niggling injury ahead of the play-offs – has a .921 save percentage and a 3.16 goals against average this season and is fast closing in on 150 appearances for Swindon.

The former Cardiff Devils goalie has been a hard man to beat at times this season, and Head Coach Aaron Nell is now keen to build his next team around the “franchise” player.

“We’re all excited that Stevie has signed a new three-year contract,” he said.

“He’s been fantastic this season and there isn’t a player in the league that is more important to their team.

“With all the import goalies around in the league, having a Brit with Stevie’s quality is massive for our club.

“We will build our team around him now and he is our franchise player.”

Lyle has now become the sixth player to commit his future to the Swindon Wildcats for 2016/17 with Nell, Jonas Hoog, Michael Stratford, Jan Kostal and Lee Richardson all under contract for next season.

The 36-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at the Link Centre, which suggests the stopper will finish his prestigious career with the Cats.

Lyle – who started the 2015/16 campaign as Head Coach of the Wildcats before leaving his post and returning as a player – first arrived in Wiltshire in the summer of 2013 after leaving the Basingstoke Bison.

The GB international has produced a string of match-winning and impressive displays since joining the club and has stepped his game up a notch this term, prompting the Wildcats to reward one of their most prized assets with a lengthy new contract.

“We are delighted to have Stevie committed to the Wildcats for the next three years,” Cats General Manager Steve Nell said.

“In my opinion he is the best goalie in the league and an integral part of the club’s development over the next few years.

“With the move to import Netminders by many clubs, we believe the decision to sign Stevie to a three-year contract will benefit the club during that period.”

Lyle – who is currently resting a niggling injury ahead of the play-offs – has a .921 save percentage and a 3.16 goals against average this season and is fast closing in on 150 appearances for Swindon.

The former Cardiff Devils goalie has been a hard man to beat at times this season, and Head Coach Aaron Nell is now keen to build his next team around the “franchise” player.

“We’re all excited that Stevie has signed a new three-year contract,” he said.

“He’s been fantastic this season and there isn’t a player in the league that is more important to their team.

“With all the import goalies around in the league, having a Brit with Stevie’s quality is massive for our club.

“We will build our team around him now and he is our franchise player.”

Lyle has now become the sixth player to commit his future to the Swindon Wildcats for 2016/17 with Aaron Nell, Jonas Hoog, Michael Stratford, Jan Kostal and Lee Richardson all under contract for next season.

 

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