Sheffield Steelers have accepted defeat in their campaign to bring Tyson Marsh to the club.
The 29-year-old defenceman was a target for coach Gerad Adams.
But the Canadian wants to twin playing with a one-year study course - and that doesn’t fit in with what Steelers can offer via their arrangement with the University of Sheffield.
The player has also turned down Braehead Clan and may now stay at his club for the past two years, Cardiff Devils.
Cardiff, who will have a new rink in a year’s time, look as though they will be a re-energised franchise, next season.
Last week, Todd Kelman, resigned from Belfast Giants to take over as general manager in Wales.
He is part of the Canadian consortium, headed by Steve King, which is buying the Devils from ex Steelers’ owner Paul Ragan.
Adams’ old team could be a powerhouse in the Elite League.
Meanwhile, the priority at Sheffield remains the recruitment of new imports. A fresh signing is expected this week.