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Elite League winner Derek Campbell in Blaze return

By Steve Carpenter Monday 07 January 2013 Updated: 07/01 17:30

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CANADIAN forward Derek Campbell is looking forward to wearing a Coventry shirt again after re-joining Blaze this week.

The 32-year-old was part of the Blaze team which won the Elite League title back in 2010 before going on to win complete the same achievement the following season with Sheffield Steelers.

Campbell, who has also played for Manchester Phoenix, Newcastle Vipers and Hull Stingrays, began this season with Sheffield Steeldogs in the English Premier League and recently rejoined Manchester before accepting an offer to return to the Skydome from coach Paul Thompson.

“I am really happy about it. I have been talking to Thommo and this is the right situation for me,” said Campbell.

“I have been helping Manchester out and had a great time with Tony [Hand, player-coach] but it was always a short-term thing.

“I have great memories of my time in Coventry and winning the league. Coventry Blaze is a top organisation and I am very happy to be back.

“The Elite League is more competitive this year and I am looking forward to the challenge and hopefully the team can make a run. We will see what happens this weekend.”

Campbell will make his debut in Saturday’s trip to Belfast Giants and his first home appearance comes against former club Stingrays at the Skydome the following night (5.15pm face-off).

Coach Thompson added: “I have been looking for a guy who can create some offence for us and Soupy can do that. I also wanted a gritty left-winger with speed and he fits that bill.

“I made a mistake by not bringing him back last time. He had won a championship with us and went on to win a championship the next season in Sheffield and was a big reason why Hull Stingrays had their best season last year.

“I like Soupy as a person, I like what he brings to a team and he plays with an edge. I will be expecting him to produce offensively.

“I am really excited to have him back, it is a great opportunity for him and I know he is looking forward to coming back too.”

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