MK Lightning announce Liam Stewart returning next season

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    The Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning have announced their first signing of the 2020/21 season.

    25-year-old forward Liam Stewart has been announced as re-signing with the club after a series of teaser videos leading up to the final reveal on Valentine's Day.

    In the video, Stewart stated: "What up Milton Keynes fans, I just wanted you to be my valentine this Friday and next year as well. See you next season!"

    In a further statement, he added: "Obviously I’m super excited to be coming back to MK for another year. It’s been an amazing time for me here so far so I thought it was the obvious choice."

    "Everyone from the fans, staff and especially the boys in the locker room have been amazing and I think that plays a big part in my decision!"

    Lightning head coach Lewis Clifford commented: "Obviously I am delighted to secure Stewy as our first signing for next season."

    "I don’t think I need to spell out to anyone what his contribution on the ice has been but off the ice, he is a pleasure to have around, easy to work with, he adds a lot of humour to the group and keeps things light."

    He concluded: "When the puck drops he is a true competitor and a player who wants to win every single night.”

    Stewart, affectionately known as 'Disco', has been a dominant force since joining the Lightning earlier this season, registering 28 goals and 40 total points in just 27 regular-season games.

    His arrival helped spark the team's impressive turnaround, which sees them currently sitting comfortably in seventh position in the NIHL National league with a record of 18-17-6.

    Having Stewart, who could easily make the jump back up into the Elite League, return next season is a great statement of intent from the Lightning organisation, who will be eager to carry the positivity of their first season back in the second tier over into 2020/21.

    The announcement video can be watched here:

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