BARI MCKENZIE says it was an easy decision to sign a new contract with Braehead Clan and insists he's willing to play in any role under new head coach John Tripp.

The 30-year-old penned a deal to stay at the Braehead Arena for a third season on Monday, having become a fan favourite since his arrival from Dundee Stars in 2015.

McKenzie insists that he did not need to think twice before committing his future to the Purple Army after becoming the fifth player on the club’s roster for next season alongside Craig Peacock, Zach Sullivan, Jordan Buesa and Josh Grieveson.

He said: “It was an easy decision. For me, there was no doubt about it and since I arrived, everything’s been brilliant.  I’ve loved every second of my time and there’s nowhere else I’d rather play.

“When it came to the negotiations, they were easy and I’ve added another year on the contract I had, so I’m pleased at that.”

Tripp was announced as the successor to Ryan Finnerty as head coach last week and McKenzie was relieved to see the position filled after weeks of uncertainty.

The former Cardiff Devils, Belfast Giants and Edinburgh Capitals man underlined that he is willing to line up in any position under the new boss as he looks to sacrifice personal landmarks for team success.

“The appointment of the new coach was good and I think people were getting worried about us not having a coach," he explained.

"The management worked very hard to get the right man in place.

“When it was announced, I had a look online to see his record and what sort of career he’s had.  Probably everybody did and it looks good.

“I spoken to him since he was appointed and he seems very driven and I think he’s the right man for the job who can lead us to bigger and better things.

“He asked me about what role I play and I told I can play wherever he wants me.  Whether that’s the first line, second line or whatever, I’ll play where I’m told.

“I’m at an age now where personal goals are on the backburner.  I just want to win and whatever I can do to help the team win, I’ll do it.

“Any situation I’ve been put in, I like to think I try my hardest and I’ll continue to do that for the new coach and the team next season.”