CZECH star Jan Kostal believes a solid start would set the tone for Swindon Wildcats as they bid to ensure a repeat appearance in the EPL play-off finals weekend.
Cats finished last season at breakneck speed as a stunning run saw them make it to Coventry, only to be denied in controversial circumstances as they lost to Manchester Phoenix after a powerplay goal in the final minutes following a harsh penalty call on Aku Pekkarinen.
Swindon take on Manchester again tonight as they begin their EPL campaign, looking to banish the memories of their tough loss.
Consistency was an issue for Ryan Aldridge’s side at the beginning of the last campaign but import forward Kostal, who is also assistant coach, is convinced a more solid start would provide the platform for a more sustained season of success.
“I think we need to play like one man on the ice, we must play together and if we start the season good we will be on a good wave which is important for us,” he said.
“We must make a good start and if we can do that I think we will do good all season and make a repeat of Coventry. We must win all the matches at the end of the season then if we can do that we will win.
“We have a good team with some very good players and it is very good to be here.”
While the hard work begins now for the 2014/15 Wildcats, Kostal has been putting the hours in over the summer in order to prepare himself for the new campaign.
“I’m really excited to be back in Swindon, I was waiting all summer to be here and I think I am now all recovered and ready to play again,” he said.
“Physically and mentally I am ready and I will really enjoy the start of the league.
“I was training back home in Czech for two months with some guys there, we had no contracts but we were on the ice and training together. Then for a couple of weeks I was training with a third division team which was really good for me.”
Kostal is also excited by the prospect of helping out boss Ryan Aldridge in his role as assistant coach.
He said: “I will be on the bench at times and if some players need I will speak to him and give him some advice.”