ROD Sarich will be back in a Sheffield Steelers uniform for a seventh season - and won’t have to take a pay cut.
With the club having to tighten its belt in harsh economic times, some players, like team-mate Neil Clark, have had to accept a smaller salary.
But Sarich, who is studying marketing and working part time for Woodseats firm KTR, has been awarded the same deal as he enjoyed under former coach Ben Simon. His new player-boss Ryan Finnerty said: “Roddy is a special talent and key to us if we are to succeed again. Roddy had asked for a little time when I took over - I was hoping he wouldn’t decide to pack his bags and move on. Many clubs both here in the UK and in Europe would love him.
“For me he’s the league’s best offensive d-man, he is a great power-play guy and his combination with Jeff Legue is known all over the league.”
The 30-year-old commented: “I’ve had six great years here. I’ve no need to go anywhere else.
“We have won before and I believe we can win again. After the time I’ve spent here I feel like one of the senior guys.”