NETMINDER Dan Weller-Evans is back for a fourth straight season with the Basingstoke Bison, after he became the latest re-signing for the team this week.

The 23-year-old from Bridgend will once again be the Herd’s back-up shot stopper for what is their first campaign in South One.

Last season, the Welshman played in five league games and one play-off match and also played the whole 60 minutes when the Bison beat a National Ice Hockey Select side.

He finished the season with an 86.4 save percentage.

The previous year, Weller-Evans, who lives in Hatch Warren was called into action five times during the league campaign.

This included stepping off the bench after Tomas Hiadlovsky was injured in the eighth minute of a home game against the Hull Pirates and he helped the Bison to a 7-2 win.

Later in the same campaign and against the same team Weller-Evans took over from Jon Baston, to blank the Pirates and share the shut-out.

Bison head coach Doug Sheppard is really pleased to have another key man back on his team and said: “Dan is the first player to hit the ice in training and the last player to get off.

"This season he will start a handful of games and deserves his chance for all the hard work he does in training.”

“Being a back-up goalie is the toughest job on the team and it is going to be exciting to see his progress.

The Bison shot stopper is delighted to be back and said: “I started watching the Bison as a boy, this is my home and Basingstoke is the team I want to play for.

“You know having Doug Sheppard as head coach we are going to have a very competitive team for this season and once again we will be chasing silverware.

He added: “Last season I learnt a lot from Tomas (Hiadlovsky). He was always ready to pass on any tips and we are still good friends.”