JAMES Galazzi has become the latest player to re-sign for Bracknell Bees, writes Dave Wright.

The 33-year-old forward is a firm favourite at The Hive, having first played for the Hornets before making his Bees debut in the 2006-07 season.

Canadian-born, Galazzi established himself in starting line-up in 2010 and has since been a regular member of the team, making more than 360 league appearances in total, scoring 55 times along with 88 assists.

He is delighted to be part of Scott Spearing’s plans for the 2017-18 campaign, tweeting: “Excited for the fresh start with the Bees. One or eight years still proud to wear that jersey.”

Six-foot Galazzi said he is “looking forward to some great nights at the Hive.”

New head coach Spearing commented: “I am very happy to welcome James back this season.

“He brings grit and toughness and also a ton of experience.

“Gazza plays with a lot of heart and is very committed to the team.

“I want him to lead my young guys this year and help to pass on what he has to give to the next generation of Brits coming through.”

Bees will once again take on M4 rivals Swindon in two pre-season challenge matches.

The Wildcats will be hosts on Saturday, September 2 (face-off 6.15pm) with the return at the Hive the following evening (6pm).

That means a quick return for young netminder Matt Smital, who recently left Bracknell for Swindon.

In the corresponding fixtures last year, Bees lost 7-2 at the Link Centre before winning 5-2 at home.