Summer signings commence with addition of hot prospect net minder Jordan Lawday

The Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning have commenced their summer signings for the 2019-20 season by announcing the signature of highly rated young netminder Jordan Lawday.  He moves to Lightning from the Milton Keynes Thunder, where he has just completed a season on a two-way contract with the Elite League Cardiff Devils, registering a save rate of 90.8 per cent.

Following the news last week that Thunder Head Coach Lewis Clifford will spearhead Lightning’s first NIHL campaign, some observers may not be entirely surprised that Jordan, 20, has chosen to remain with a boss he knows; however such is the Basingstoke-born player’s ability that Clifford needed to move quickly to secure his services.

Jordan came up through the Basingstoke youth system, playing for them at U18 and U20 levels as well as playing at NIHL2 level for Basingstoke Buffalo - also earning selection for Great Britain U18’s.

2016 saw a move to North America to progress his career, signing for Soo Indians, an AAA Midget Major U18 team in Michigan - registering a 90 per cent save rate: the third best in the entire league amongst foreign netminders.  He started the following season with Ogden Mustangs in the Western States Hockey League before returning to the UK and playing 23 fixtures for Cardiff Fire.  He also saw action with Great Britain U20’s where Slava Koulikov’s team earned bronze medals.

And now, having trained with newly-crowned EIHL Play Off champions Cardiff Devils, Lawday takes a step up from Thunder to Lightning - the most successful team in the history of the former English Premier League and a team determined to make their mark on the new top tier of the NIHL.

Lewis Clifford commented: “I am absolutely delighted to have secured the signing of Jordan for the upcoming season.  Not only did I coach him this past season with the Thunder, I also worked with him in the past in the South West system - and as happy as I was to sign him last summer, I am even more so this time around!  Jordan is a young man with a huge amount of talent and ability but for me, the most important and exciting thing is that he is nowhere near the finished product yet! I don't know any other player of this age who works harder on their game and shows such dedication to his craft.  

“I am comfortable to have Jordan in our net any time, and I know the Lightning fans who don't already know what he's all about will love him and what he brings to the ice.  It's a great advert for the team I am building that when I speak to potential signings and tell them that Jordan is going to be the goalie, every player says thats a great signing and that they would be happy to play for a team with him in the net.”

Jordan Lawday said he jumped at the chance to work with Lewis Clifford for another year: “I’m really happy to be back in Milton Keynes and having Cliff as my coach again! I was in a tough spot last year when Cardiff Fire folded just before the season started, so I reached out to Cliff for a team and I signed the next day! 

“I have a lot of respect and trust in Cliff that he’ll bring in a great team who can really compete next season. Lightning may not have had the best time last season but one thing I kept hearing was what an amazing fan base they have and how passionate they are - now I can’t wait to experience it for myself!”

Jordan Lawday’s home, away and warm up jerseys will become available for sponsorship through our successful Own & Loan scheme for a unique memento of the 2019-20 season - watch out for details coming very soon!  

Jordan can also be sponsored by an organisation or group, with your name announced at the start of every home game and whenever he is involved in a goal or penalty incident, as well as on our website and social media.  For more details email general@mk-lightning.co.uk

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