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Glasgow’s Braehead Clan are delighted to announce the re-signing of our longest serving player, Matt Haywood, who has inked a new three-year deal.
The 26-year-old has been at the club since its formation in 2010 and is the last of the original team that played under Bruce Richardson during that inaugural season.
The new deal given to him will also include a richly deserved testimonial to mark 10 years at the club when it comes around.
Clan’s Hockey & Operations Director Gareth Chalmers believes handing Haywood a long term deal was the best reward for a player who has been a great servant to the club.
“In all the changes there’s been at Braehead Clan, Matt Haywood has seen it all and experienced everything there is to experience at this club,” Chalmers said.
“He’s very much the cornerstone of the team and giving him a three-year deal is a reward of his loyalty, as well as a richly deserved testimonial, which will be an amazing event when it comes.
“Matt has literally grown up with the club and has put down roots here, with a young family by his side so is truly a Braehead Clan man through and through.
“His popularity with the fans has never wavered and they’ll be delighted to not only see him back with the team, but will be delighted at the thought of a testimonial as well.
“For us, there was never a question of whether Matt would be back or not and we’re delighted to have him on board once again.”
Haywood has played over 400 games for the Clan in all competitions during his seven years at the club so far, winning the Gardiner Conference four times in the last five seasons.
He was also part of the team that reached the Play-off finals weekend in 2014 and played in the Champions Hockey League in 2015,
Haywood is looking forward to working with the new coach, John Tripp and from first impressions, is a fan of what his new boss wants to bring to the team.
“It’s good and we’re heading in the right direction. From what I hear of Mr Tripp, he likes his hard work and rewards his hard workers, which is what I want and what I think the fans want too.
“I didn’t know much about him, but when I found out, I researched him. He’s got good references and everyone speaks highly of him.
“I’ve heard he’s fitness orientated and if a guy like Paul Gardner says nothing but good things about him, then I’ll take his word for it.
“But time has definitely flown in my time at the club. I first arrived as a young kid in 2010 and I’m not so young now.
“I’ve grown up in this team, going from an 18-year-old kid to a 26-year-old father. I don’t think it could be any more poles apart. It was the best direction ever.
“I feel like I’m loyal and I think the fans appreciate that loyalty and I can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done for me down the years.”
Matt will continue to wear his #11 jersey in the 2017/18 season.