RYAN Webb and JJ Pitchley cannot wait for the challenge of senior hockey after completing moves to Slough Jets.

New head coach Craig Moran started rebuilding Slough last Friday with the exciting signing of former Bracknell Bees and Hornets player Webb.

Pitchley made his move to the Jets full-time on Tuesday after starting the season on a two-way agreement with London Raiders.

The forward duo have already represented their country at Under 18s level and are hotly tipped to be future stars of the English Premier Ice Hockey League.

Speaking before his debut in the win against Basingstoke Bison, Webb, 19, beamed: “I’m very excited to be given this opportunity by Craig and the Slough Jets, and look forward to a successful second half of the season with the team.

“This is the firs time since U16s that I’ve played with a new team, so I’m looking forward to the new environment and will be giving 100 per cent to ensure we achieve our aims.” Pitchley could make his debut in the double header against Milton Keynes Lightning this weekend. He said: “It’s been a slow process but finally the chance has come for a fresh start. I’m ready for the challenge and the higher level of hockey.

“The guys are great in the room and on the ice, the best I’ve played with since I was in Dallas last year.

“I’ve got some old team mates from Bracknell like Alan Lack and Ryan Webb. We play well together due to that previous experience and I hope we get to play together as a line.

“It’s a shame about the guys leaving but I wish them all the best and for the guys staying, let’s get this train on its way!” Speaking about his first signings as head coach, Moran said: “I’ve seen Ryan play the last few years and know that he’s going to fit in with the team. He’s an up and coming player, still young, but plays with his heart and doesn’t give up easily.

“I’d say there’s a big chance in a few years he could be playing in the Elite League if he chooses, so I’m pleased he has come to us now.

“I’m also pleased JJ accepted my offer of a full-time Jets contract. He has a bright future in the game and I’m pleased he has committed to help with our rebuilding.

“I’m looking forward to working with them both and helping continue their development.” **PICK up a copy of the Observer, out now, for all the latest sports news and action including pictures of Slough Jets versus Basingstoke Bison** **FOLLOW the Observer on Twitter at @Observer_sports**