Phantoms success has a lot to do with Will power

Will Weldon (left) in action for Phantoms.

Will Weldon (left) in action for Phantoms.

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Will Weldon is part of the Phantoms furniture.

The popular centre is on course to pass the 250-appearance milestone in Phantoms colours early in the new year.

He has experienced both ends of the English Premier League spectrum since first putting a blade on the Planet Ice pad back in the summer of 2011.

Three of Weldon’s previous four seasons in the city were spent scrapping around the second-tier basement before the glory days returned last term when Slava Koulikov’s rejuvenation of the club culminated in play-off triumph.

Weldon said: “Peterborough is a great place to play hockey and I class it as my home away from home.

“I’m in my fifth season here and it is where I’m comfortable. It is also where I want to continue playing.

“I’ve been around a long time and I’m not sure people realise I’m still only 22.

“I’ve still got a few years to go until I reach my prime.

“It’s great to be a part of this team and I’m privileged to play with some very good players.

“We know there are plenty of teams with bigger budgets who may look better on paper than we do, but we have something they don’t in the way we play as a unit.

“That was a key part of what we achieved last season and it has continued to be the case again this season.

“The success of winning the play-offs has also given us an added hunger to win more trophies.”

That looks a distinct possibility given the club’s form so far this term which has seen them become a fixture in the upper echelons of the EPL standings and storm into the cup semi-finals.

Weldon struck twice in a 7-4 away success at Guildford last Saturday as Phantoms collected one of their most memorable results to date. He and his team-mates drew a blank in a 1-0 home defeat to Swindon the following night.

That brace in Surrey took his points tally for the current campaign to 15 thanks to six goals and nine assists so far.

He managed 19 (six goals and 13 assists) last term with his best return arriving in the 2013-14 campaign courtesy of eight goals and 17 assists.

“I’m happy with my performances so far this season,” added Weldon. “I’m already approaching the number of points I managed in the whole of last season which is pleasing. That is probably as much a reflection of the strength of the team and my line as my own form though.

“We have really shared the goals around the team so far this season. I know we had the blip against Swindon last Sunday, but I don’t think I’ve ever played in a game like that before where one team has had so many shots and not scored a goal.

“I don’t think it is anything to worry about though and I’m sure plenty more goals are around the corner.

“It was just an anti-climax to lose in our own rink after gaining such a comprehensive victory in Guildford the previous night.

“But we believe we can continue to challenge at the top throughout the season and we also have the big cup semi-finals around the corner.”

Phantoms will face fierce rivals Milton Keynes in two mouth-watering EPL Cup semi-final clashes next month.

The first leg on Lightning ice takes place on January 13 with a return clash at Planet Ice seven days later on January 20.Basingstoke and Guildford contest the other semi-final.