Sheffield Steelers grant Euro opportunity to Phil Hill

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Phil Hill plans to make himself indispensable and force coach Paul Thompson to employ him for the entire 2015-6 season at Sheffield Steelers.

Recently, Thompson had to take the tough decision to axe Hill as he sought to get the best from his player budget.

But he always had at the back of his mind the option to offer Hill a position in the Champions Hockey League fixtures, where a deep bench is essential.

The 33-year-old who has been snapped up by lower League Telford Tigers, has now accepted that olive branch. Hill said: “I’m delighted that the Steelers want to me to go with them to the CHL games.

“I was a part of the Elite League winning team that helped us qualify for that tournament so of course I want to play in those games.

“Thommo invited me to training camp and I will be there, boots blacked” he added.

“I’ve trained and played under Paul before with Great Britain and I know the camp will be tough but well prepared and exciting. My intentions are simple. I’m going to be the fittest I’ve ever been, in the best shape and best prepared I’ve ever been.

“I am going to go full out so Paul and the whole of the management have no option but to sign me for the season.

“I have to prove my self all over again but I’m prepared to do that.

“I know what it takes and I intend to deliver. I want a job on that team.”

Hill scored 15 points in 69 games for Gerad Adams’ side in 2014-15 - not a huge amount, but he was always prepared to do what was needed on the third line.

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