BRACKNELL Hornets head coach Danny Hughes has his sights set on winning the league this season.

Hughes is bullish about Hornet’s chances in National Ice Hockey League South Division Two following an influx of new players.

And closer ties with Bracknell Bees head coach Scott Spearing have given Hughes even more reason to be upbeat about the coming season.

He said: “This year is going to be an exciting but a big year for the club, the team and me as a coach.

“With league changes and some team signings I can assure you we will win games this season.

“We are going to work very closely with Scott and the Bees to bring the clubs closer than ever.

“There is a lot going on in the background thanks to the chairman and staff. They are doing a fantastic job supporting me and getting the Hornets prepared.”

He added: “I feel I have put a good, competitive team together. A few boys from Streatham have come to us, these guys where some of the top players in the NIHL One last season.

“We have some guys that have stayed on from last year and a few good juniors that I will be looking to bring up for most games.

“Obviously I am aiming to win the league but a few other teams are coming along nicely too.

“This is a good test for the us and I am looking forward to the season starting.”

Hornets hope to boost attendances next season by offering one free adult entry to all September home games, details of which can be found on the club’s Facebook page.

Hornets host Bracknell Blizzards recreational team in a friendly at The Hive on Saturday, September 2.

They launch their NIHL South Division Two campaign on Saturday, September 16 at home to Basingstoke Buffalo followed by a trip to Lee Valley Lions the next day.