Ballymoney's Dickson returns for Giants

Ballymoney's Dickson returns for Giants

Ballymoney man Andrew Dickson is set to return for a fourth season with the Belfast Giants, deputising for British Netminder of the year Stephen Murphy.

The 26-year-old has worked hard for his place on the roster, improving his game and playing a part in helping the Giants to two Elite League titles during his time with the side.Last year was particularly successful for Dickson, as he claimed his first professional win at the Odyssey Arena against the Braehead Clan in March and then followed up with a second against the Nottingham Panthers just days later.Head of Hockey Steve Thornton said fans should be proud to see a local player among the ranks.He works hard and the rest of the team love having him around and respect the job that he does.Steve Thornton"Northern Ireland should be proud of one of their own putting in the effort and commitment week on week to make it at this level," Thornton said."I recognise that, due to a lack of facilities, Andrew was at a disadvantage over players in England, Scotland and Wales - but he has persevered and improved to the level we would expect of someone in his position at Elite League level."He added: "Andrew is a fun guy, a great teammate, but also understands that he has to train harder than anyone if he wants to continue improving year on year."The Belfast Giants are heading into their 15th season, first taking on the Cardiff Devils in back-to-back pre-season clashes at the end of the month.They will host the Devils - now owned by a consortium including former Giant Todd Kelman - at the Odyssey on Saturday 30 August, before travelling to Cardiff on Sunday 31st.Giants fans - Let's get it trending!! #WelcomeBackDickopic.twitter.com/vGDpPcaL29— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) August 13, 2014

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