Coach Andre Payette is determined to give his Steeldogs team a ‘Made in Sheffield’ brand next season.
The Canadian, who has recently moved to the city, is committed to making his roster as homegrown as is possible; a rare objective at English Premier level and twinned with a desire to develop Sheffield Academy players. At a fans’ function last night, Steeldogs unveiled their signings, including two Sheffielders Greg Wood and Ben Morgan, who have moved back from Manchester Phoenix where they helped Tony Hand lift the EPL title. The third new signing is Kiev-born ex-Hull and Manchester skater Pavel Gomeniuk.
Payette played alongside Woods in Manchester two seasons ago. He said: ‘Greg is a gritty, hard-working forward who has experience at Elite level in Basingstoke and Coventry. He will have a massive impact on the team dynamics and with the combination of his experience and character. He will by captain for the upcoming season.”
Ben Morgan is a skilled defenceman who has played through all levels in Sheffield, including one season with Steelers.
Payette said: ‘Ben is one of the best British defenceman around and combined with his experience, additional offensive skills and leadership abilities, he will be excellent to have in the dressing room and on the ice.”
Also returning are Sheffield-trained Thomas Jeffery and Andrew Hirst.