AMERICAN forward Jacob Doty says he has a point to prove at Braehead Clan after joining the club from NHL side St Louis Blues.

The 24-year-old is set to leave his home country for the first time after spells in the AHL and ECHL with Chicago Wolves and Alaska Aces before spending last season at Missouri Mavericks, where he made 57 appearances.

After failing to make the breakthrough in the NHL, Doty insists he is focused on making a big impact in the Elite League under new Braehead boss John Tripp.

He told Clan Radio: “I absolutely have a point to prove. I got written off and I want to show I can still play. I believe that obviously and I’m looking to re-establish myself. I have to prove myself like I have done from day one in my career

“This is the first step in the next stage of my career and things maybe didn’t go as planned this season at St Louis. For example, I was surprised to be sent to the East Coast League

“I came out of training camp at St Louis with a nagging injury, which caused me to miss a couple of weekends of games and I never really got the chance to get back in there.

“It’s maybe a little unfortunate how things worked out, but I’m looking forward to making a fresh start and making my first move overseas.  You could say it’s the next step of my career.”

Doty becomes Tripp’s ninth signing of the summer ahead of the 2017/18 campaign and revealed that he was sold on a move to the Braehead Arena from other UK-based players.

“I’ve heard nothing but good things about Braehead Clan and the league from everyone I spoke to,” he explained.

“I’ve had my eye on the Elite League for a while and it was about finding a spot.

“I reached out to fellow players that I’ve played with or against that have played in the UK or in Europe, as well as my agent speaking to people to help me paint a picture of what’s going on and what to expect.

“So I’m pleased to have signed a deal with Braehead and I can’t wait to get things going.”