We are pleased to announce the return of Josh Gent to the Hull Pirates line-up, especially as it is his 25th birthday today!

This season will be his 4th in Pirates colours and we couldn't be happier to see him return. Given that, year on year, he has gone from strength to strength with the organisation we can all expect an explosive season from the forward!

Gents managed to amass a total of 30 points from 40 games last season and was part of a line that wreaked havoc with the opposition. His speed is unsurpassed within the league, a fact that made him hard to handle and a thorn in their side game after game. He is a great two way player with good hockey sense, he plays a very direct style of hockey and sets up as many goals as he scores.

Added to this is Gents demeanour and respect for the game, his drive for success and his loyalty to his teammates.

We spoke to the birthday boy over cake, balloons and Fanta earlier to get his thoughts on the return:

"It was an easy decision to come back to Hull, the guys we had last season were a great group to play with and seeing most of them back shows what direction the team's going in.

We under achieved last year and haven’t forgot how we lost out on the league and playoffs. With last years core group back there’s no reason we can’t win it all next season"

Coach Hewitt also shared his thoughts with us about the returnee:

"Another familiar face, and another one I couldn’t picture this team without.

This is a really important signing for us in terms of depth, Gents brings speed and an offensive threat each time he’s on the ice and he’s also someone who can jump up on any line when required.

He goes about his business quietly and works his backside off! This year we need him to be more aggressive and confident, which is something we’re working at, and once he realises how good he is he’ll really be a difference maker".

Please join us in wishing Josh Gent a very happy birthday and welcome him back to your Hull Pirates!

Gents shirts are available for own and loan, please contact us for details.