Signing News: Big Cat Tom Is Back

The YKK-sponsored Widnes Wild are pleased to announce that netminder Tom McDonald will be returning to the club to boost the goaltending line-up for the forthcoming Laidler Division campaign.

Tom has been with the Wild since the very first 2013/2014 season and was, in fact, the first ever netminder to sign for the Wild, after attending the team’s initial trial sessions.

He started off playing roller hockey as a teenager in his hometown of Poole and started playing ice hockey when he went to Manchester University in 2001. He began playing rec. hockey and joined the Deeside-based Flintshire Freeze as their fourth choice netminder for the 2005/2006 season but never managed to force his way into the team. While at university, Tom set up the Manchester Metros team and played for them from 2003 to 2007.

McDonald played for the Manchester Phoenix Team in ENL2 for the 2008/2009 season, before spending four seasons with the Trafford Metros in ENL1.

In the five seasons that Tom has been with Widnes, he has made 47 appearances and has also contributed 1 goal and 1 assist alongside his impressive performances in the net.

Talking about his return to the Wild, Tom said:

I’m really pleased to be part of the team for another season. I am looking forward to contributing to the Wild in any way that I can. I think that our entry into the cup competition will bring a new dimension to the season, with the challenge of playing games against teams in the top league.”

Tom will once again be wearing the no. 37 shirt and his home, away and warm-up shirts are available to “own and loan”. More information can be found by following this link. 

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