Man Steelers would rather forget could be back

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DEREK CAMPBELL - the former Steeler who broke his club’s heart last season - could be back in Sheffield next term.

The tough left winger had an outstanding quarter final Play Off series against Ryan Finnerty’s men, driving Hull Stingrays on to an unlikely win.

It was his way of gaining one upmanship after being released from the club the previous championship-winning year.

Now Campbell could be on his way to iceSheffield.

He is currently in talks with Sheffield Steeldogs coach Andre Payette, discussing a season in the English Premier League.

Payette confirmed: “We have been in talks with Derek over the last couple of weeks, but it is far from a done deal.

“He would be a fantastic signing for us. We would be ecstatic if he joined us. We are good friends and we pretty much grew up together

“He was a key player for Hull last year and it was Derek who put the final nail into Steelers’ season.

“We are very, very interested, but again, nothing has been agreed on.”

Asked if it would be deemed as a step down from Elite League level for the 32-year-old Canadian, Payette, himself a former AHL winger, replied: “It depends how you see it. I personally don’t see it as a step down and, anyway, there may be a different type of role for him here.”

Campbell scored more points for Hull last season than at any other time since the 2007-08 season at Newcastle Vipers, where he played alongside Payette.

The 16-season veteran is fondly remembered by some fans at Steelers for his career record penalty tally of 243 minutes in 43 games.