NEW Braehead Clan head coach John Tripp says he is looking at a ‘big list’ of potential signings after succeeding Ryan Finnerty in the role last week.

The Canadian revealed he has opened talks with a number of people, including several goalkeepers, as he looks to shape his roster ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

Tripp represented the likes of the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings during his playing career, as well as spending 11 years in Germany and coaching League Two outfit Eispiraten Crimmitschau.

He underlined that he is ready to make an impact in Scotland after making the switch, with transfer business on top of his to-do list.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations with friends and people I know,” he said.

“I’ve got a big list, but there are still plenty of players out there.

“Of course, I’ve got an idea of who I want, but whether I can get them or not will be the story at the end.  You can’t always get what you want, but if we can, then it’s a bonus.

“I’ve started talking to a few goalies and stuff to get a feel of what can bring to make it work.

“I’m excited for the opportunity.  I had the chance to take over a team last year and it was a big challenge with a lot of adversity, but I enjoyed it.

“Braehead wanted someone young with good hockey knowledge and I was looking for another challenge once the two parties got together, we worked it out.

“I had some opportunities in Germany as well, but when this one came up, it was one I wanted to jump on and take advantage of.”

The 40-year-old has been impressed with the welcome he has received from the Purple Army since his arrival and believes in a bright future for the Elite League club.

He said: “Coaches that have played the game tend to use what they’ve learned.  It’s what we’ve done.  There’s no secret to success, it’s all about work hard and details.

“Along with that comes determination and commitment and it’s all part of one big thing.  My success was about keeping my eye on the prize and being better than everyone else.

“I’m a hard worker and I’m detailed and that’s what gave me a lot of my success.  You can’t forget the things that worked for you and I plan to work that into the team.

“It’s been overwhelming, the messages I’ve had and I see social media is a big part of Braehead Clan, which is a good thing.  Ice hockey needs that.

“There’s a very strong culture among the fans and they’ve talked about the Purple Army, which is pretty cool.

“They seem to have a good group of fans and the rink is a top rink, but we want to win.  It’s a good situation to go into.”