SCOTT Gough is the new owner of Oxford City Stars.

The assistant coach and former player has taken over as the National Ice Hockey League club’s supremo with immediate effect.

He is joined at board level by Jo Mundy, whose two sons Jake and Josh Florey both play for the Stars, while Greig Box Turnbull has agreed to remain.

Russell Shrives, James Lodge and James Schall have stepped down as directors due to business and family commitments.

The club’s new regime paid tribute to the outgoing trio, who helped Stars win both the English National League South Division 2 title and the Division 2 championship last season.

“It’s a great honour,” said Gough, who will stay on in his coaching role at the club.

“The club has been a big part of my life for many years and I am looking forward to helping the Stars in a new guise.

“When the opportunity arose, it felt right to get involved.

“We are passionate about ice hockey in Oxford and are all looking forward to developing the Stars.

“I am in a position in my business career where I can devote some time and resource to the club.

“The club has made great progress in recent years and we now need to build on the momentum.”

“Our thanks go to Russell, James and James for their huge contribution.”

He added: “There will now be a transition period which is only natural, but we’ll work quickly.

“One of our core objectives is to work closely with the junior club and start working on a strategy to create a pathway for junior development in Oxford.”

Mundy, who is experienced in finance, said: “Stars are a vital part of the Oxford community and a big part of my family life, as my sons have grown up playing for the club.

“It’s our passion and one we take seriously, and I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to contribute at a senior level.”

Box Turnbull added: “It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks.

“Russell, James and James have worked so incredibly hard and selflessly for the club.

“Between us we have achieved so much and forged great friendships.

“Scott asked me if I would stay on and help the club and I agreed. It’s a big challenge and there’s a lot to be done.”