Devils the only team for Riley
Cardiff New Devils striker, Blair Riley, said that the Andrew Lord team was the only one in which he would have evolved into the Elite League.
Aged 33, he left the Belfast Giants, where he won two Challenge Cups and a league title to join the team that should be their main rival during the upcoming season .
And he revealed that he felt that it was time to leave after three successful years in Northern Ireland, where he was also captain of the club.
"When this offer was made, it was the only team in the elite league where I would have been transferred," he said. "They run a good organization and are competitive.
"Lordo" and Todd Kelman contacted me shortly after the end of the season and they sold me what they were looking for and it felt right, so I look forward to the challenge .
"I do not think he is still engulfed It will probably only become reality when I'm there, that I'll be settled in the city and see my new teammates. same time, it's exciting, it's new and it's something that looks forward to me.
I imagine it's time to update your profile. Thanks to the fans of welcome @cardiffdevils best wishes and farewell from the fans of @BelfastGiants and even some hate messages..If the fans were not passionate about their teams, this game would not be as fun
– Blair Riley (@ Briles25) July 7, 2019
"It seemed to me that the time had come to change after three phenomenal years in Belfast and I have only good things to say about this organization.
"I also spent three great years with Keefe – one as a player and the last two where he was my coach, so it was essential to decide to go and go elsewhere."
Riley's move naturally enthralled Devils fans in the same way he frustrated the Giants, who is the eighth player to leave the winning championship since April.
He is already anticipating the kind of reaction he will have when he returns to the SSE Arena this season and insists that some of the criticism he has taken online by fans is not taken personally.
But he talked about what impressed the Devils after three years of competing with them for top honors as an opposition player.
He added, "The first thing to do The level of competition has been remarkable for me to play against the Devils in the last three years. The two teams faced each other last year for the league title and they had a team that played hard and stuck to a system.
"They tended to recruit a lot of talented players and to train a good core of guys who have been around for a few years and are winning things.
"But I always knew how passionate Giants fans were and it was fun to play there and win.
"It was difficult when we were not successful and fans expect to win. We celebrated the great moments, but were criticized for the negative things. That's what happens.
"Honestly, I am not surprised at the reaction I had to my move and I do not take it personally. Social media says things that keep me entertained and fun.
"This also shows the interest of people and I look forward to the response I will receive when I return to the SSE Arena. I made a lot of good friends too, of course, on and off the ice, so it will be fun when I come back there. "