MARK Duffy has opted to leave Oxford City Stars, who have added young forward Jake Williams to their ranks.

The netminder has signed for Solent Devils, having seen his ice time limited by Ross Miller’s form between the pipes for Dean Birrell’s side.

Duffy said: “It’s been a really tough decision to leave the Stars, I’ve had a great time playing in Oxford and will miss the boys, the fans and the whole organisation.

“But it’s the right time for me to take a new challenge and I’ll look forward to facing off against the boys this season.

“I’m sure Dean will prove to be a great appointment and I wish him and the club all the best.”

Birrell, Stars’ head coach, said: “On behalf of the club we all wish Mark the very best.

“He has been a good servant to the Stars and is a great guy.

“We are actively recruiting another netminder and are in on-going talks.”

Williams is coming in the other direction for what will be his second season at Oxpens in a two-way deal from Swindon Wildcats 2.

The 18-year-old scored nine goals in 22 appearances during the last campaign.

Williams said: “I’m looking forward to getting back after a good first senior season last year and I’m now looking forward to seeing what we can do this season.”

Birrell said: “Jake had a good season last year and is a great young man who I am told works hard.

“I am looking forward to working with him and further developing his career at Oxford. He is a great prospect for British ice hockey.”