The Quad-City Mallards signed defenseman Kyle Follmer on Thursday. Follmer played parts of the past two seasons with the Mallards but spent most of last year with the Fort Wayne Komets.

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The Quad-City Mallards are bringing back a familiar face.

The Mallards on Thursday announced the signing of defenseman Kyle Follmer, who spent parts of the past two seasons with Quad-City.

Follmer, 30, returns to the Mallards after playing most of last season with the Fort Wayne Komets, scoring four goals and adding nine assists in 39 games.

Follmer joined the Komets after playing one game with the Mallards last season. In the 2015-16 season, Follmer played in 41 games with the Mallards, scoring seven goals and adding nine assists in 41 games.

With Quad-City, Follmer split time between forward and defense but with the Komets, spent most of his time on defense.

"Kyle plans to build off his first full pro year at defense, which was a position he hadn't played full time since college. I think when put in the right situations he has untapped potential on the blue line,” Mallards coach Phil Axtell said. “The fact that he played both forward and defense during his first two seasons here in the Quad-Cities and in Allen makes him a valuable asset."

Before joining the Mallards in 2015-16, Follmer was with Allen, scoring 10 goals and adding eight assists in 45 games in 2014-15, helping the Americans with the ECHL Kelly Cup.

Follmer's signing now puts the Mallards roster at 22 players — 13 forwards, eight defensemen and one goaltender — with the season starting on Oct. 13 against the Toledo Walleye.