Thurston Comes Home
ULTIMATE WINDOWS-sponsored Billingham Stars are tonight delighted to announce the signing of Billingham-born forward Craig Thurston, the speedy winger returning to the UK after a few years spent Stateside.
23-year-old Thurston is no stranger to the Forum but has never played senior hockey for his hometown club, indeed his junior career was also spent largely away from Teesside. Coming through the ranks first at Newcastle Vipers then the Bradford junior system, Thurston's first senior games were played on Humberside with the then Hull Stingrays in 2011. Thurston troubled the Stars defence in the NIHL with Sutton Sting (where he played alongside Chris Sykes) and Solway Sharks before departing these shores for the US and Cheyenne Stampede specifically. He returned for stints at Hull Pirates and Manchester Phoenix, but has spent the bulk of the past four years in the States. He comes back to Billingham with a reputation for pace, and adds a different dimension for the coaches to consider.
Thurston is looking forward to finally pulling on a Billingham jersey:
I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Stars fans. I’ve had a few years of several fans asking me to play here in Billingham and it’s finally happening. It’s nice to be home and I’m looking forward to getting out there, putting the hard work in and seeing what the remainder of the season has to offer. I believe we can pick things up from here on out as well. I'm happy to be a part of the Stars family - it’s good to be back and I’ve received a warm welcome from everyone!"
Paperwork permitting, Thurston will be available for selection for this weekend's games against Blackburn Hawks and Solihull Barons.
Welcome home Craig!
Images courtesy of David Morrison.