PETR Cech’s hugely successful career in football will not guarantee him starts for Oxford City Stars, the club’s head of hockey operations has warned.

Chelsea legend Cech signed for the Stars earlier this month, having won every club honour possible with the Blues.

Third tier side Stars will be the third ice hockey side Cech has played for since retiring from football in 2019.

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Head of hockey operations Shane Moore told this newspaper: “We still have Ross Miller as our number one British goalie, but having Petr gives us two great options.

“Petr has a lot of commitments outside of ice hockey, so at times he won’t be available.

“We’ll be treating him like any other player though and he’ll have to fight for his spot.

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“Ross is a very good goalie and he’ll get pushed by Petr – they’ll be fighting for the number one jersey.

“Goaltenders tend to have a really strong bond between them and they’ll be learning off each other.

“Ross can learn about elite mentality while Petr will learn from Ross more about goaltending.”

Cech spent 11 years at Stamford Bridge, collecting 13 major honours, before joining Arsenal, where he added another FA Cup medal to his collection.

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