More bad news for Oxford City Stars on the import front. After Andrew Bates left Oxford without ever touching the ice, news has been announced today that fellow import Andrew Magee has also left the club due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’ after only 3 appearances.
Magee joined in the summer from NIHL1 club Solent Devils after a breakout season in the league where he scored 23+28 in 36 games. However, in his first three games, although he looked good, he failed to get on the scoresheet at all and did not have quite the impact that Oxford had hoped. 482 Days understands that he requested to be released from his contract early last week.
Magee has an ITC (unlimited international transfer card) in the UK, which means that he can play in the UK indefinitely without clubs having to pay the £850 cost every season. It will be interesting to see if he will move to another club on the strength of this, return home to Canada and try and pick up his hockey career there or move to another European country to ply his trade. It is of note that a close friend, Richard Brown, has recently signed for Solent so a return to his previous club may be an option. However, Solent already have their second import slot filled with Hungarian Dominik Hegyi and he has had an immediate impact for the team having scored 4+1 in just 3 games. So whether Solent will find space for him and be able to meet his salary requests will be in question.
Oxford’s head coach Simon Anderson is now going to have to work hard to find two import replacements to fill the gaps in the forward line. With Alan Green still injured, that’s three major goal scoring threats out of the team for the present and Oxford down to just 9 forwards. Until Oxford can bring in some reinforcements, that leaves them very vulnerable to injury or suspensions.
I bet you anything that whoever Simon Anderson goes for on the import front – they won’t be called Andrew!