Devils search for Goalie

Devils search for Goalie

Posted on 18 January 2013

Cardiff Devils Head Coach Gerad Adams is in a race against time to find a new starting netminder, as Phil Osaer has left the Club.

American Osaer’s return to south Wales for his second spell here was made early in the off season last year and his departure is a huge blow for the Devils.

He will leave right away, giving backup goalie Joe Myers the opportunity to start against Edinburgh Capitals tomorrow night – Devils only game this weekend.

‘When I came back to Cardiff, my desire was to be here for several years and to help build a side that would win championships. It’s truly disappointing and I am devastated to be leaving, however myself and my family are excited about a fresh start.’

With the transfer deadline at the end of January, G and bench Coach Neil Francis are scouring the UK, Europe and North America for a suitable replacement.

A return for Cardiff-born Stevie Lyle, currently in Basingstoke, had been rumoured however no terms have been agreed and it is highly unlikely that Lyle will be back in nets for his hometown team.

‘This is a huge loss for us’ said Adams. ‘Phil is not only a great goalie but also a model professional and has a positive attitude. He will be very tough to replace indeed at this late stage of the season.’

Osaer leaves to go to Norway in a deal that, says Adams, he couldn’t turn down.

‘Phil was made an offer he couldn’t refuse so to speak, and it could open further opportunities for him in the future. Though this is very hard for us we wish Phil the best of luck.’

‘We are looking at all possibilities and working very hard to find a new goalie.’