Toms Rutkis: Swindon Wildcats forward joins Cardiff Devils full time

Toms Rutkis
Toms Rutkis was born in Riga in Latvia but has played for the Great Britain Under-20 team

Forward Toms Rutkis will play for Elite League champions Cardiff Devils for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.

The 20-year-old had been on a dual-contract that saw him play for Swindon Wildcats and train with the Devils.

Rutkis will now be with Cardiff full time, but he could return to play for NIHL South 1 side Swindon if needed.

"Toms is a very valuable member of their team, but they never want to stand in the way of a player," said Devils managing director Todd Kelman.

"Swindon run a great operation and we are very appreciative of their support and help in allowing this deal to be done."

Rutkis suffered a serious facial injury in September playing for Wildcats against Telford Tigers, which required surgery and sidelined him for several weeks.

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