THE Basingstoke Bison have signed a former double winner, as well as a club legend this week, as Danny Ingoldsby and Tony Redmond are back with the Herd.

Ingoldsby will add even more bite to the forward line, while Redmond will take on the role of assistant coach and also bench coach on match nights.

Returning British sharp shooter Ingoldsby was part of the Herd's double winning side in 2013/14, when the Herd won the EPL Cup and play-off trophy.

This was his debut year in senior ice hockey and from here the 21-year-old played for Bracknell also in the EPL, before a season with the Wightlink Raiders.

When they creased to operate at the start of the autumn of 2016, he returned to the Bees and last season hit a career high 18 points finding the net five times for Bracknell.

The Frimley-born forward started his career in the Basingstoke junior programme and is looking forward to once again pulling on a Bison jersey.

Talking about his latest addition to the Herd, Bison player/coach Ashley Tait said: "He has a gritty style and what I have seen he has a great attitude."

Ingoldsby is going to play his gritty style and said: "My game is all about not being afraid to get into the corners and make things happened.

"It was a great experience when I was last in Basingstoke winning the double in what was my first year in professional hockey and can't wait to play for the Bison again."

Bison fans will be delighted with the return of Redmond, one of the most popular players ever to wear a Basingstoke shirt.

Herd legend Redmond, better known as Tosh, will certainly add a wealth of experience to the coaching staff.

A record breaking with the Basingstoke club with the most appearances by any players, as well as the most points and goals for a Brit.

The Scot has had his number 20 shirt retired and is also a former Basingstoke Gazette Sports Personality of the Year winner.

Talking about the addition to his coaching staff Bison player/coach Ashley Tait said: "Whilst I’m on the ice playing I needed a steady and experienced head on the bench and couldn’t think of a better person. Tosh is a great communicator who can work with young and experienced players alike and having talked with Tosh we most certainly will be on the same wavelength and I can’t wait to get started."

Redmond said: "Coming back as assistant coach again was an easy decision for me. I care about the club and when speaking to Ash it was clear that we were both aware of the work that needs to be done and the challenges ahead."

Of course the two players have played against and on the same team and said: "My first memory playing against Ash was in a Scotland England under-13 match in Livingston. We both scored that evening with England (unfortunately for me) winning the match.

"We then went on to play in various Great Britain teams and tournaments together and were line-mates in one European championship.

"He is a great competitor and athlete and I am very much looking forward to working with him again."

When asked what he most looking forward to Redmond added: "Fundamentally i want to help the players be the best they can be. I am looking forward to us creating a real family atmosphere and building a pathway where not only the current squad can progress and improve but also future generations for years to come."

The club have announced that their popular jersey launch night/ season ticket evening will be held in Basingstoke Arena bar on Friday July 27.

It will be the chance to meet some of the players and check out the new 30th year jerseys.

The Herd have also confirmed they will open their pre-season on Saturday September 8 (6.30pm), when the Bison will face the Peterborough Phantoms in the first leg of the Billy Glover Memorial Cup.

The return is the following night on Peterborough (5.30pm).