Callum ‘Mad Dog’ Pattison has become the first player from Sheffield Steeldogs’ roster to re-sign for next season.
The 23-year-old, who joined in August from Whitley Warriors, is a fighter - but wants to improve his playing contribution too.
Coach Andre Payette believes Pattison has proven his doubters wrong with some fine performances and describes Pattison as a ‘big part of the club’s future.’
“He has done everything that has been asked of him and shown that he is one of the toughest players in the league” Payette said.
“I think he has surprised a few people as well, he was brought in to help stick up for his team mates, he has stepped in and he must be winning the league in fights this season.
“Our fans love him and he has become a massive figure in our locker room and we have re-signed Callum because he is going to be a big part of the club’s future.”
His signing comes before rivals, Manchester Phoenix, visit iceSheffield on Friday and Payette will be looking to win for two reasons.
With Tony Hand’s side currently top of the EPL league standings, Payette is hoping to put the brakes on their title challenge with a victory that would see Steeldogs level the ‘series’ with Phoenix this season.
Victory would give Steeldogs their third win over a side that Payette describes as their ‘measuring stick’ meaning both teams will have take a share of the spoils this season.
“We need to win on Friday because it would hurt their chances of winning the league” Payette added.
“The league is still our bread and butter and a lot of people will realise that Manchester is our benchmark.
“We can have a real achievement this season by winning three games a piece and it is important that we keep on winning the big games heading into the play-offs.”