Brian McGrattan set to fly into the UK. Debut Saturday.

Brian McGrattan set to fly into the UK. Debut Saturday.

GMB Panthers' signing Brian McGrattan is set to fly into the UK on Friday morning and is expected to make his debut in Saturday's home cup game against Sheffield on Saturday night. The former NHL tough-guy has had his visa approved and returned and the flights and associated travel arrangements are in place. His signing by the Panthers caused a stir across the country and his visa has been cleared in double-quick time. A club spokeswoman said today : "Everyone has pulled together behind the scenes and the clearance time has been more than halved. It's a brilliant result for the club and the fans. If the travel all goes to plan Brian will be in his new black and gold number 13 shirt on Saturday night." Panthers are looking for quick-fire revenge over the Steelers after a 7-5 loss in Yorkshire last weekend. There are around a thousand seats still available in the bowl at the arena and the debut of the big guy is expected to cause another spike in sales. The box office is open daily from nine 'til nine, you can buy on line or call 0843 373 3000. PANTHERS v STEELERS BIG ERN'S DEBUT...SATURDAY AT SEVEN! SEE YOU THERE! Pic: Predators Graphic - Daniel Pope