BRAEHEAD CLAN'S squad building continued on Monday as the arrival of forward Tyler Shattock was confirmed. 

The 27-year-old becomes the 17th signing of the summer, arriving at the Braehead Arena following a spell with ECHL side Alaska Aces.

Shattock revealed that he was expecting to continue plying his trade in North America until the Purple Army and new head coach John Tripp came knocking. 

“It kind of came up last minute here and Gareth (Chalmers) and John got hold of me in the last couple of weeks,” said the Canadian.

“I was pretty set on returning to the ECHL and they convinced me to make the move to the UK so I’m pretty excited about it.

“I already know a few of the guys at the team already. I was drafted to St Louis with Jacob Doty, while I’ve played against Mike Embach and Adam Brace so there are familiar faces.

“When we spoke, I liked where John was coming from and he seems to kind of guy that will tell you exactly how it is.

“He just finished playing so it’ll be great to have a coach that’s been through it and I think he’ll be good for us.

“I want to come over and help Braehead win games.  From what I know, they are one of the bigger teams and I look forward to being part of that.”

Shattock spent last season between the Aces and Kalamazoo Wings, scoring 14 times and providing 25 assists in 72 appearances for the two clubs. 

Tripp was encouraged by the signing of Braehead's experienced new number 16, who is taking his first step into the European game.

He said: “We were looking at various players and Tyler’s name was at the top of a list.  He’s a big centreman that can shoot right and a player that can help our team.

“Tyler’s experience and leadership was a bonus to me when I looked into bringing him to the team.  Players like that are hard to unearth and it’s an extra element that will be good for us.

“We still need a couple more centres and getting someone like Tyler, with the qualities he has, is not something that is easy to come by so we’re pleased to get him."

Clan's campaign kicks off this weekend when German DEL2 champions Lowen Frankfurt visit on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August in the intu Cup.