LEEDS CHIEFS are delighted to add a sixth name to their roster for the 2020-21 NIHL National campaign by confirming the capture of defenceman Jordan Griffin.
The Chiefs had to fight off interest from a number of rivals for the 18-year-old defenceman’s signature after he was released following the end of his two-year apprenticeship with Elite League outfit Sheffield Steelers.
Jordan spent the second year of his time at the Steelers with neighbouring Sheffield Steeldogs, where he obviously came up against the Chiefs on plenty of occasions last season.
Jordan, from Crewe, initially came up through the Bradford Bulldogs junior system – the same as fellow Chiefs’ Kieran Brown and Lewis Baldwin – and for the past three seasons has represented Great Britain at Under-18 and Under-20 level.
Given the teenager’s pedigree, Chiefs’ coach Sam Zajac was understandably delighted to get Jordan on board for next season.
“Jordan fits the bill perfectly for us for what we are trying to achieve next season in terms of having a faster, younger team,” said Sam. “We’re delighted to have him on board.
“He’s had that exposure for the last year or two over with the Steelers practising at that really high level and then he had a good year last season with the Steeldogs.
“He was an ever-present for them and logged some big minutes, had a 10-point season and, for a guy of his age, had a big impact for them.
“He knows a lot of the other guys that we’ve got signed already, in particular Kieran and Lewis, and he’s familiar with them so when we do finally get going again he’ll be able to slide right in.
“There’s a whole load of potential there and he is so young. On a personal level, I’m really looking forward to try and help him kick on and unlock some of that potential and the Chiefs are going to benefit from having such a talented youngster on board.”
Jordan said he was keen to help the Chiefs push on from their debut season in NIHL National and help them be a contender for silverware when hockey does finally get going again.
“It’s exciting to be getting involved with Leeds,” said Jordan. “They had an okay year in their first season but, hopefully, with the team Sammy is putting together this year we can have a better year and try and win something.
“From what Sam said to me about the kind of team he was putting together and how he wanted his team to play, I felt like I would fit into that quite well.”