First of all, I hope everyone is enjoying their off-season. Currently, I am in the process of identifying players for next season and beginning talks. I am sure everyone is looking forward to new player announcements but this takes time. Just like last year, I am expecting to be working throughout the summer to find the best players I can. We have found a couple of players already who I believe will be great Giants.
As for returning players from last season, I am still hoping to bring some of them back. One of the players I hope will return received an offer elsewhere the night before he was due to return the contract to the Giants office. Of course, this was unexpected but it is part of our business. He is still considering his options. I am hopeful to have news for you soon.
It is fun to be back in the United States and see the impact our Sports Illustrated article had. Sports Illustrated has a weekly readership of 26 million and I think everyone I know has had an opportunity to read it. There is no question the Belfast Giants brand is expanding and it is something we can all be proud of.