Gord Baldwin will be reunited with a former defensive partner when he resumes action for Steelers this coming season.
Baldwin will team up with the new Sheffield signing Darrell Hay, whom he played with at Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Republic.
Baldwin has already seen another old team-mate join up; he was with Tyler Mosienko at Las Vegas Wranglers.
Hay, 34, said of Baldwin: “It’s nice when a guy who says nothing but good things about an organisation you are joining. Gord has been my D partner before and it would be great if he was again. I’m excited to be joining a club that’s just won a championship. I bet Steelers have been riding that emotion all summer, I know that feeling having won in North America.”
Hay looks forward to being “one of the new guys” at the Play Off champions. “People will look at you when you first play for a new side. The club will have high expectations of me. I like that pressure. I want to be the man in key situations, out with a minute left in a game. Fans will compare me to the guy who played in my shoes last year. I don’t mind that.”
Hay has been around the north American and European circuit. He says: “I’ve learned different things in those places. I want to be a leader, a good influence. I want the club to think I am a good investment, my team mates to think I’m a good guy and fellow player and the fans to think I’m here putting a good shift in for their club.”
Hay added: “Most of all, and the biggest reason for joining Sheffield was the winning tradition.
“You can’t beat being around a winning environment. Whether it be inside the locker room or around the city. I want to play for something, every game to mean something.
“I’ve won in North America and I want to win a Championship in Europe, at the end of the day it is what we play the game for. Games, goals, points sure they are nice but you tell the grand kids the stories about winning championships”