Phillips will replace Dowd with goals

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jONATHAN Phillips will have a career-best year for Sheffield Steelers, his coach Ryan Finnerty believes.

The championship-winning skipper set off like a rocket last year, but then a nasty knee injury forced him to sit out. Since the end of last season Sheffield have lost Rob Dowd to Belfast Giants, but Finnerty believes Phillips and others can up their game.

“We need to replace Dowd’s goals in the coming season and I think that can be achieved with people like Jono” said Finnerty. “He had a bad injury but came back to play for Great Britain in the world championships. He is rested, his knee is repaired and we’ll hopefully see him score 25 goals or so now. I think he’ll have his best campaign so far” said the coach.

“Tom Squires will also come on. He’ll put a few goals away too.”

Meanwhile team PR guru Dave Simms believes new Canadian winger Colt King will be the fans’ favourite next season.

“From what I have heard about him, he is a character who will get the fans’ adrenaline running” said Simms. “He scores and makes goals and is the type of player Arena supporters take to their hearts.

“As for new defenceman Matt Stephenson, he has great AHL calibre...he’s the real deal.”