WATCH - Leeds Chiefs coach Sam Zajac delighted with late roster additions

CALY ROBERTSON wasn’t the only Leeds Chiefs’ debutant at Elland Road last Friday.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 12:00 pm
Updated Friday, 7th February 2020, 9:03 pm

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In a second piece of late, but timely piece of roster strengthening, Chiefs’ player-coach Sam Zajac added Nottingham Panthers’ Jordan Kelsall on a two-way contract.

Like Robertson, Kelsall dressed to impress in the 4-1 defeat to Sheffield Steeldogs, with Zajac confident both will have a positive impact on the run-in over the next two months.

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Leeds Chiefs' Jordan Kelsall takes on Steeldogs Brady Doxey and Ben Morgan. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

“Caly looked sharp and you could see why he put the points up he did down in Bracknell before coming here,” said Zajac.

“He’s got great hands, he’s great skater and his offensive instincts are definitely there – he’s going to help us massively.”

Zajac has previously played with Kelsall during his brief stint with the Swindon Wildcats during the 2017-18 NIHL North One season, with the youngster clearly leaving a good impression.

“He’s a very good player, I played with him a couple of years back and you can tell that he’s played at that higher level.

Leeds Chiefs' Caly Robertson takes on Sheffield Steeldogs Craig Elliott. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

“I was actually speaking to Guillaume Doucet at Nottingham about a different player and the conversation moved on to Jordan.

“I didn’t realise he’d be available so he’s a huge addition for us, you don’t often get that kind of quality player become available so late in the deadline.”