The Dragons will be looking to “raise the bar” next season, after the capture of prolific forward Adrian Palak from Romanian side Dunarea Galati.
Palak, 25, collected a remarkable 75 points in just 25 games last year – including 38 goals - as he led his side to the Romanian league title.
Dragons boss Lol Paul has been tracking Palak for much of the summer, as he builds a squad capable of challenging for the Laidler Conference title and the Deeside chief is delighted to have finally got his man
He said: “Bringing Adrian on board has taken much of the off-season, but last week we got together and agreed a contract for him.
“He is a great player and last year really came into his own in Romania. I think he’ll be a great player in this league and raise the bar for us.
“Alongside Filip Supa, Adrian is another guy who will provide a statement of intent for The Dragons. We want to give the fans a great season.”
Although still relatively young, Palak will be handed a senior role at Chester Road, in a dressing room that is already “full of leaders”.
He spent much of his early career with HK Dukla Trencin in the Slovakian under-20s league, before moving to France and then back to Slovakia.
Paul believes his team-building strategy will pay dividends during a lengthy NIHL campaign.
He added: “Adrian is only 25, but he’s played in several good leagues during a short career. Wherever he’s played, his stats have usually been over a point per game.
“Like many of our other players, he will be able to pass on that experience to the rest of the team. As I have said before, I want a dressing room full of leaders.”