HAMILTON IN SCOTLAND SQUAD
Paisley Pirates have been further boosted by the news that teenage defenceman Dean Hamilton has been included in the Scottish Under-19 National squad which will take on their English counterparts in a head to head duel in late May. Hamilton has been included after impressing selectors in recent challenge matches played in preparation for the big one against the Old Enemy in the Spring.
“Everyone at the club is absolutely delighted for Dean and he thoroughly deserves his call up,” said Pirates’ coach Ian Turley. “Since he came to the club at the start of the season he’s been an important player who has been developed, and I feel he has added to his game since he joined the squad.. He’s still a young lad but he’s bought into the ethos of this club and has continued working hard to earn his spot on the roster. He wanted to play for us from the outset and realises how important this club is to people, and he’ll be joining a squad which includes a lot of players from higher league sides, including the Elite League. He’s at a disadvantage in terms of playing opportunities in that other clubs have an under-20’s team which allows younger players more games to play in, thus developing them quicker, so it says an awful lot about his willingness to learn and adapt as he goes along in our squad that he’s already forced his way into the national squad.”
“I’m in no doubt at all that he’ll do a great job in what is probably the biggest fixture in the under-19’s calendar, and that in turn will reflect well upon the job we try to do here in developing young players. We will always try to bring on youngsters in the game and it’s wonderful to see one of our talented guys get this recognition, thoroughly deserved, for a lot of hard work on his part.”