Thomas joy over return of top Rod but goodbye to Goertzen

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Veteran Steelers blue liner Mark Thomas is delighted at Rod Sarich’s return, highlighted in The Star yesterday.

But captain Steven Goertzen will not be returning to the club next season.

On Sarich,Thomas said: “I could never understand why we didn’t re-sign Roddy last year. He is a player who makes a difference and a key on the power-play.

“I don’t think the year off will have effected him at all. He is super fit and now probably so motivated to come back better than ever before.

“He is the ultimate professional and wouldn’t put himself in any position that would suggest he wasn’t ready.

“All the players will be happy to see him back; he is a Steeler through and through.

“I know he could have played for a number of clubs last year and this one coming but he always wanted to wear the Steelers top.

“I know he turned down others waiting for a chance to return.

“I think it’s the smartest of moves by Gerad Adams.

“It takes advantage of the new passport rule and it brings back one of the club’s all time best players.

On Goertzen a Steelers statement read: “The club wishes to put on record their sincere thanks to Steven for his efforts on and off the ice with the Steelers and the University of Sheffield where he has recently been studying.

“Steven joins a long list of outstanding Steelers captains that have helped the club lift trophies.

“We wish Steven and his family all of the very best of luck in their move.”

Goertzen spent two seasons with the Steelers, the second as club captain.

In 109 games he scored 35 goals and 92 points.