Clay Anderson leaves Lightning

The Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning announce today that defenceman Clay Anderson, sponsored by the University of Buckingham, has been released from his contract with immediate effect.

Clay signed for the club last summer from Danish cup and league champions Aalborg Pirates and has been an ever-present in the team so far this season. However he has encountered some challenges in acclimatising to life in the UK and the Lightning have, reluctantly, agreed to his request to allow him to return to the US.

Team owner Graham Moody commented, “We wish Clay all the best for the future and he leaves with our thanks for his efforts in the first half of the season. Obviously losing a player at this stage isn’t ideal but our player-coaches, Tim Wallace and Ryan Lannon, continue to work hard to strengthen the team as we push for a play-off place.

“In the meantime we know the rest of the team will pull together and give it everything they’ve got for our fans - and we hope to see a big, noisy attendance on Saturday night to cheer them on.”

The Lightning organisation would like to thank Clay’s jersey sponsors this season for their support and generosity. The club would also like to thank the University of Buckingham for their support and backing for Clay, who was one of four players studying for an MBA with them this season.

Our season continues with home action this Saturday at 7pm when the opposition are local rivals the Coventry Blaze - tickets remain on sale right until face off but you can book yours now online at mk-lightning.co.uk/tickets or by calling 01908 540020.

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