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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

GB Duo Aim for Elite League

GREAT Britain captain Ciaran Williams and team-mate Sebastian Prieto have both signed for ambitious Norwegian club TTIF Tophåndball Halden after successful trials over the summer.

22-year-old playmaker Williams, from Edenfield in Lancashire, and 23-year-old right winger Prieto, from Crowborough in East Sussex, will form a key part of the team who are pushing for promotion to the Norwegian Elite League this season.

“We both agreed that it was a great opportunity to play in a young team who have similar ambition and aspirations as ourselves,” said Williams.

“The team’s goal this season is to qualify for the play-offs for the Elite League. This is great for us, as it means the intensity at every training session and the commitment of the players is of the highest level, and helps us as we look to develop and help GB when we are on camp.

“Our coach here Jonas Wille, will also be working closely with us and our GB coaches to ensure that our development here is maximised.”

After battling back from an ankle injury, Prieto is now returning to top form just in time for the beginning of the season on Sunday, while Williams is still currently a couple of weeks away from being fit to play after having surgery on his foot eight weeks ago.

“The average age of the team is 22 which is great for me and Sebastian as we fit into that perfectly, and can hopefully play pivotal roles in the team’s success.

“The team is bolstered by a couple of older more experienced players too, one being Jan-Thomas Lauritzen, Norway's most capped player.

“To play with a player of such experience is only going to help myself and Seb develop further, and we can't wait for the season to start!”

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