SHEFFIELD STEELERS: Flyers swoop to sign ex-Steeler

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FIFE Flyers are preparing to try and entice former Sheffield Steeler Steve Birnstill to join them.

Flyers contacted Steelers staff this week to ask if Birnstill was returning to Sheffield and are now preparing an offer for the D-man, 26.

“Steve had a great first year,” said Flyers’ assistant coach Danny Stewart.

“Many of us were surprised he wasn’t going back to Sheffield. We certainly think he would do well on our big ice pad. He played very well against us last season and is a player who interests us.”

In six games against the Scottish low-flyers, the defenceman scored one goal and six assists.

Birnstill, who looked the acquisition of the close season at the start of last campaign, dipped in form in the middle of the season, and then came on strong again. He scored nine goals and 38 assists in his single year with the club.

The New Yorker is used to working abroad - his three seasons prior to playing in Sheffield were in Denmark with Frederikshavn White Hawks and Esbjerg EfB.

Birnstill - who filled the no 13 shirt at Steelers- lost his slot on the squad has gone to Breahead Clan’s James Jorgensen. And there are similarities between the two, says Steelers’ winger Lee Esders. “Jorgensen is very fast and sound defensively, he’s as good as Berny,” he said.