If Gerad Adams could spirit back a team-mate from the Sheffield Steelers side he left nine years ago, it’s a fair bet Dion Darling would be the man.
With Adams back with Steelers as new head coach, one of his priorities will be to shore up a leaky defence.
Some of the goals conceded this season betray a vulnerability around the net - players escaping their markers and others being allowed too much time in front of goalie Frank Doyle.
Adams doesn’t like to be critical of his new D-corps, for obvious reasons, as he plots the defensive strategy for this weekend, at Nottingham Panthers on Saturday and at home to Cardiff Devils on Sunday. But he agreed the team could sometimes be passive near their own saying: “I want players to be accountable when it comes to clearing the net. I am not saying they should run around all night, but they should play like D-men should. Hard work and determination is the key. Dion was an example of that, he was the best captain I ever played with - a winner.”
Adams was delighted that Nate DiCasmirro’s expected move to an Italian team broke down this week.
The centreman stays for the rest of the season.
Adams said: “He has got a good resume and strong offensive upside.”
Generally Adams said he admired Sheffield’s skill factor. “They tick all the boxes, they are one of the better teams in the league. I want then to go and play -0 and enjoy themselves.”