Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Phoenix Add Steel to Defence

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Phoenix Add Steel to Defence

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MANCHESTER Phoenix have added to their squad ahead of the new Premier League season after signing experienced defender Joni Tuominen.

The 33-year-old has played in the Finnish Liiga for most of his career, but now makes the switch to England to play for Phoenix.

With nearly 400 games under his belt, head coach Tony Hand is confident that Tuominen will be a vital part of the side.

"Joni will bring a great deal of experience to the defence and will be one of the better import defencemen in the league," he said.

"The team is taking shape now with one import to come in and the final British players.

"It has been a tough summer but we are getting in shape for our first game next week."

Phoenix get their campaign underway with a match at Fylde Coast Ice Arena against Hull Pirates next Saturday, before then making the trip to Telford Tigers 24 hours later. …

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