Murray returns on the back of Solent's most successful season in NIHL 1 securing 6th spot and reaching the playoffs for the third consecutive year.
Speaking on his return Murray spoke of his decision "Last season was absolutely brilliant. I'm delighted to be back as I feel I can continue to develop as a coach, setting myself new challenges and trying to accomplish them. The league continues to improve and every year and I'm faced with an up hill climb from the get go, but it's one I plan to conquer when the year ends."
Murray will continue to share coaching and playing duties again this year, as he begins his 12th season in the league. During that time Murray has recorded 131 goals 280 assist in 304 games. However there was some doubts as to wether Murray would step back on the ice this season "Following the injuries I sustained last season, I must admit that it did cross my mind. When you have a young family, and the injuries you sustain playing hockey effects your lifestyle at home, then you have to start to weigh these things up. As the standard of players increases, we must ensure that all aspects of the game follow suit and keep up."
Devils Manager Paul Fitzpatrick spoke about retaining Murray 'Off the back of our best season to date I'm very pleased to announce that Alex Murray has agreed to continue his position as Head Coach of the Solent Devils. Alex is a very well respected player/coach throughout the league and his commitment to another season with Solent is confirmation that the team are looking forward and a successful future.'
Murray, who spent his whole Junior career at Gosport, will be entering his 7th season with the senior club and is hoping the Devils can continue to grow under his guidance "The teams success last year only brings more pressure to try and emulate that and continue to develop. The clubs status has improved dramatically since I took over. The only downside to that is, the better we do, then the more susceptible we become to the bigger budget teams who will start to look at my players. I know the challenges that lie ahead and look to tackle them head on."
Alex will wear his traditional number 73 jersey for the up and coming season. For more information on how to sponsor Alex's home or away jersey please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated 19:49 - 7 May 2016 by Alex Murray