MATT HAYWOOD has become Braehead Clan's longest-serving player after signing a new deal with the Glasgow club this morning.

The man from Doncaster has been an ever present for Braehead since Clan was founded back in 2010 when he joined from EIHL rivals Sheffield Steelers.

Haywood was an integral part of Ryan Finnerty's success in his maiden season at the Braehead Arena, hitting seven goals and 14 assists as Clan made it to the play-off final weekend for the first time in their history.

And after Lee Esders announced his return last week with Zach Sullivan making the step up from Basingstoke Bison on Monday, SportTimes can reveal 23-year-old Haywood is the latest to sign up.

Haywood said: "It's nice to get something sorted and I'm delighted to be rejoining the Clan for next season and working under coach Finnerty again.

"I'm looking to have a better year than what I had in the campaign just finished and I believe Ryan is the man to help me do that.

"When I look back, I had a poor spell around Christmas time and came through it so I'm looking forward now and I can't wait for the new season.

"Having Ryan back for a second year is great for the club, as you see the top three all bringing back players that helped them get success and we've needed that.

"Hopefully the only way is up for the club now after a terrific year on and off the ice. We reached the play-off finals and I loved it so much, I want to be back there next year."