Sheffield Steeldogs have confirmed that forward Lloyd Gibson is the latest player to sign up for next season’s roster after penning a new one-year deal.
The 24-year-old, one of the Steeldogs’ longest serving players, is the second senior player to extend his stay after Callum Pattison signed last month and Andre Payette, the Steeldogs head coach, admits he is excited to be welcoming Gibson back for another year.
“We’re delighted. Lloyd is a huge part of this squad,” Payette told Grass Roots.
“He is a leader and is a real hard worker and it is great that he remains commited to helping us achieve our goal of winning some silverware next season.
“We are in talks with many players and we will have more news very shortly.”
Payette will be without the services of Latvian forward Edgar Bebris, who intends to leave Steeldogs before the start of next season.
It has been confirmed that Bebris is in talks with another club and Payette accepts that it is time for the 22-year-old broaden his horizon.
“Eddie is a player that is full of potential, but unfortunately he hasn’t progressed as a player,” Payette added.
“He has been at the same level now for the last two or three years and we wish him all the best in the future.
“He just needs a change and to get out of Sheffield, no doubt he will go somewhere and score 30 or 40 goals next season and I will look stupid.”