Tom Squires says his immediate aim is to help Sheffield Steeldogs finish as high up the EPL table as possible and cement a play-off spot after re-signing with the club this week.
The 22-year-old former Sheffield Steelers winger had his contracted with Hull Stingrays terminated on Saturday evening following their heavy 6-1 Elite League defeat to Coventry Blaze.
Squires, who has signed a deal until the end of the season, played 20 games for Steeldogs last season and is hoping to make an immediate impact when Andre Payette’s team take on title-chasing Manchester Phoenix and Basingstoke at IceSheffield this weekend (7.30 and 5.30 resepctively).
“I got released by Hull on Saturday evening and it was very much a decision that was out of my hands,” Squires told Grass Roots.
“Discussions between myself and Andre happened really quickly and I believe the club is a good fit for me.
“Hopefully I can get back out on the ice this weekend, both Basingstoke and Manchester have been doing well recently, but from what I have been told, Steeldogs have also been impressive.
“I am coming into a team that is ready and made and has some real quality and it is up to me to prove myself and try and help us finish as high up the table as possible to avoid playing the top seeds when it comes to the play-offs.”
Ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Manchester Phoenix Steeldogs’ head coach, Payette is hoping for better performances from his players after a ‘miserable’ weekend last time out.
Due to bad traffic, Steeldogs arrived to face Basingstoke five minutes before warm up and found themselves 4-0 down after the first period.
Steeldogs did fight back, though, but eventually slipped to a narrow 6-5 defeat in northeast Hampshire before ‘being outplayed’ at IceSheffield by Slough Jets and eventually losing 6-3.
Payette said: “I’m proud of the way we fought back, but you can’t give teams like Basingstoke a 4-0 lead.
“We were outplayed on Sunday and it was really disappointing because I know we are better than that.
“Hopefully we can raise our game this weekend because, on our day, we can beat anybody. But these will be two hard fought games.”