Two Steelers legends are supporting Jeff Legue’s surprise close-season move from the Elite level to English Premier League Sheffield Steeldogs.
Legue accepted a three-year deal with the iceSheffield side recently - a move which “surprised and disappointed” some at the Arena club.
But Ron Shudra, the 12-season Steeler who played his last two years at Scimitars, (2006-8) believes the switch makes sense.
“At the end of the day it is about personal choice” said “Rocket Ron.” “I was coming to the end of my career when I went to the Scimitars.
“I couldn’t make the commitment necessary to play for a big Elite League team, my kids were getting to a level in the sport that I needed to be around. So that was the decision I took. Maybe Jeff thinks he has accomplished everything at Elite league level. But then again it might be he finds the EPL a lot different to what he is used to.
“There are a lot of decent defenders and goalies around and EPL players don’t give up. We see EIHL players take a night off and can’t be bothered...but you don’t get that with younger players. It all depends how Jeff adapts to the League. I hope he will light it up.”
Joey Talbot, who had a lethal strike partnership with Legue added: “It will be hard for Steelers to replace Leggy. He will do well in the EPL; he’s the type of player that can do it all himself if he has to. His decision was the best for his family and that’s why he made it. I was a little surprised by it, but sometime you need a change of scenery.”
Talbot summed up: “Leggy’s done it all with the Steelers, and a change of venue is a new challenge for him and something fresh.”