Foord vows to lead Bees by exampleBy Alan Manicom
May 30, 2008
Matt Foord will expect his team-mates to follow his example of non-stop energy and selfless commitment when he takes to the ice as Bracknell Bees’ new captain next season.
The 26-year-old British forward takes over the role from Adam Bicknell, following the latter’s appointment as player-coach this week.
And Foord said: “I play with my heart on my sleeve and try to work as hard as I can and hope that shines through.
“I can be a shouter and rave to get the boys going, but it depends on the situation.
“Sometimes you need to be a bit more subtle in your approach.
“I am at the stage in my career where I need to take a lot more responsibility and I was very honoured to be asked to be captain.
“But I don’t think it will make to much difference to my approach as I feel I am a leader anyway.
“I have been captain of pretty much every junior team I have played for,” said Foord.
“Last year we had a young squad and as one of the senior players, I was trying to help lead the team in the right direction by the way I play on the ice and with my consistency.”
The uncertainty surrounding Bees’ future earlier this month following the loss of a potential new sponsor has coincided with departures of four of last season’s English Premier League Cup-winning squad – Ryan Watt, last season’s player-coach Dwight Parrish, Sean Thompson and Kurt Reynolds.
But Foord is confident the club will continue to be a competitive force.
He believes ensuring highly respected Czech defenceman Jan Melichar stayed for a fourth season was crucial.
The pair work during the day for M and M Technical Services, an engineering company in Hemel Hempstead owned by Foord’s father.
And Foord said: “Getting Janny back is a massive plus. Hopefully we can pick up some other good imports to support him.
“I am out to win silverware every year and this year will be no different.
“In the last three years I have been at Bracknell, we have won four trophies. And with Bicks in charge, I know we will do well.”
Bees have confirmed that promising young teenagers Sam Oakford and Andrew Hemmings will be back next season, while Joe Baird and Tom Carlon are in talks about returning.
And Foord said: “Bracknell have always had a core of loyal British players to build the team around so we needed key players back.”
Bicknell will have a lower budget to work with than his predecessor Parrish.
But Foord said: “The guys are not at Bracknell because they get mega deals but because they want to play with their mates.
“And Bicks is the sort of guy you want to play for because he is so well respected. I first played in the same team as him when I was 14.
“And he was the reason I came to Bracknell from Cardiff. He knew I wasn’t enjoying it there and I jumped at the chance to join him at Bracknell.
“After this season ended I had a few EPL teams and a few Elite League teams interested in me.
“But once Bicks said he was going to be coach and wanted me to stay I said yes.
“I think the team we are going to put out will have grit and determination, the sort that will put their bodies on the line.”