SHEFFIELD STEELERS: New Steeler James Jorgensen hopes ex-teammate will join him

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STEELERS’ new signing James Jorgensen says he hopes he is followed through the Sheffield Arena door by Elite League top scorer Jade Galbraith.

Jorgensen played alongside the forward at Braehead Clan and was privileged to watch the player rack up 101 points in 58 games for the Scots.

Last month, the 26 year old d-man made the switch to Sheffield, at a time when Galbraith was being heavily linked to the former champions.

Galbraith’s destination - whether at Braehead or elsewhere - remains to be seen.

But Jorgensen would love to team up with him again.

“I would certainly like to play with him again” said Jorgensen, who comes into the team at the expense of another American Steve Birnstill.

“He was a big contributor to our team last year and a major reason behind the successes we had. As a player, he has so much talent its scary. As a character he’s vocal in the (dressing) room and as you can see, just as vocal on the ice.”

Jorgensen won’t get the opportunity to play with old pal John DeCaro - he played with him at Las Vegas Wranglers and Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs in the north American minors.

DeCaro has quit the club for Norwegian side Sparta Sarpsborg. “I was pretty close to John, he’s a really good guy. It’s a pity, but we both move on.”

Steelers have told The Star that Birnstill will not be playing a second season at Sheffield.

Birnstill’s form (62 games, 47 points) was considered patchy at some stages of his debut year in British ice hockey - although he came on stronger as the season reached its climax.

The situation regarding offensive blueliner Matt Stephenson is not as clear. He was supposed to be taking up his second year at the club and, off-ice, a second term at the University of Sheffield.

That might still happen despite interest from France and elsewhere.

Meanwhile, winger Mike Ramsay is looking forward to joining DeCaro at Sparta.

“As a player I am always looking to improve and play at the highest level” he said. “My family and I are very excited to move to Norway. I keep hearing great things about the league.”