DANNY WOOD knows he will face a battle when he pulls on his Sheffield Steelers jersey for the new season.
And that challenge is not just against rival skaters - it’s also to ensure he gets a regular spot on the ice.
Wood, who made his Steelers’ debut as a fresh-faced 15-year-old under then coach Mike Blaisdell before moving abroad to study and play at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in the US, is confident he can hold down a spot in a squad upgraded on last year’s roster.
“Our team looks strong and deep” the 5’ 11” forward said. “I know there will be a battle for places and I am ready for that. I have no problem fighting for my ice time.
“This is the team I supported as a kid and always wanted to play for. I’m going to take this opportunity with both arms. I just already know this is going to be a great year and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the guys and get going.”
The 23 year old added: “I’ve told Ryan Finnerty I’m not here to make the numbers up. I’m here to play a part in a championship winning team.
“I’m in good shape, I’ve worked hard all summer and I’m ready – if the season started tonight I’m ready. I can’t wait to get started.
“Every day I’ve looked at the web site and been more excited as I have seen the quality of players Ryan has brought in.”
Wood, 23, was a champion with the then Sheffield Scimitars in 2004-5.