Finnerty plans professional approach

Step back: Ryan Finnerty
Step back: Ryan Finnerty
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RYAN Finnerty says he will follow the Bruce Richardson model of player-coaching when he makes his debut in that role for Sheffield Steelers next season.

As a skater, Finnerty has made his name for 13 seasons as a feisty centreman.

But now, mixing playing with managing means he will have to revise his style and working methods.

And he plans to take some of the positive elements after watching the success of Richardson, in his first campaign at Braehead Clan, last season.

“I’ll probably follow what he has done, I will kind of take a step back and analyse,” said Finnerty, a 30-year-old Canadian. “I am not going to be in guys’ faces, I don’t think it works as a player coach.

“It will take some adapting, it’s hard to say what I am going to be like once I get in some situations – but I am going to try and be as professional as possible with my guys. “It starts with surrounding yourself with good people and I think I have made a start on that too.”

Richardson, 33, was third top scorer for Clan last season, despite the rigours of coaching, and led his team to a highly respectable fifth place in the division.