MOST employees who go out of their way to make their boss’s life harder, end up out the door.
But Sheffield Steelers’ winger RG Flath is different. He is hoping the door will open, rather than shut behind him, by putting the pressure on coach Ryan Finnerty.
The 27-year-old American is competing for a full time job with Steelers. And when Mike Ramsay returns from hand injury, it may mean Finnerty has a tough decision to make on which import he keeps and which goes.
Flath (from a native Indian background, his first names are Ronald Geronimo) strengthened his own case with a man of the match display in the win over Hull Stingrays on Sunday. He said: “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to come and play in Sheffield, I’m just trying to make the most of it and enjoy every day. I have no idea what the next couple of weeks will bring. I think I am playing well here, I am trying to do as much as I can and play my game and keep it simple.
“Rammer is coming in off the injured list pretty soon so I am just trying to work as hard as I can to make Ryan’s job as difficult as possible.”
Flath says he is not feeling any particular pressure to secure for his spot.
“This is the job we (players) chose” he said. “At the end of the day we have to pay bills and have to be the best we can be, no matter what the situation is.
“It doesn’t matter if you already have a roster spot. Finner is wanting to win and if somebody is working harder than somebody else, then at the end of the day it’s his job to go with the guys who produce.”
Belfast Giants are six points clear at the top of the League. Nottingham and Steelers, who meet at Sheffield Arena next Sunday, are in second and third spots on the same points.