Henrik fulfils his Premier League ambition with move to Telford from Bristol Pitbulls
STAR Swedish import Henrik Sahlin has left Bristol Pitbulls to join English Premier League side Telford Tigers.
Sahlin, 31, arrived at Frogmore Street in the summer of 2010 and scored 24 times in 57 appearances for Richie Hargreaves' side.
"It is a great move for Henrik," said head coach Hargreaves. "We are gutted to lose a player of his calibre, but Telford made him a great offer, so we couldn't stand in his way.
"Henrik wants to better himself by trying his luck in the Premier League. We've enjoyed having him here over the last couple of seasons and he's another one that has helped put the club on the map.
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"He's a great guy, so we send him off with our best wishes and now life moves on for us."
Sahlin's departure leaves Hargreaves without an import for tomorrow night's clash against the Wightlink Raiders at Frogmore Street (5.55pm).
Experienced Lithuanian forward Edgidus Bauba is nursing a broken collarbone and is still four weeks away from a return to action, but Hargreaves said: "We've got threats elsewhere in the squad."
He added: "We've come off the back of a really good 8-0 win against Slough Jets in a game where we had seven different scorers. Ollie Shone has been a big bonus for us since stepping up from the development team. He scored his first two goals for us against his old club last weekend and will probably get the opportunity of more ice time over the coming weeks."
Title-chasing Wightlink, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back from a shock defeat at the hands of lowly MK Thunder last weekend.
"We haven't won against them in a few matches, so I think we are due one," said Hargreaves, who is hoping to welcome utility man Peter Korff and winger Sam Feeney back into the squad.
"They are a fantastic team, but their form has been a bit in and out this season. They are certainly beatable if you catch them on an off day as MK Thunder have shown a couple of times already. It is our last game before the Christmas break, so we'd like to end the calendar year with a victory to send our fans home happy."
The club have organised a night of karaoke with the players in the bar afterwards and are asking fans to turn up wearing their best/worst Christmas jumpers.