Sheffield Steelers have signed a ‘two-way’ deal with hot prospect Luke Ferrara.
The junior Great Britain international is a forward with Peterborough Phantoms in the English Premier League.
Effectively he takes the spot held last season by Aaron Nell.
Steelers will ensure fast-skating Ferrara benefits from training at the Arena and will likely ice him for midweek games and those weekends when there is no clash with Phantoms’ fixture list.
It is a golden opportunity for the youngster to advance after chalking up some impressive numbers last season.
In 54 games, he scored 27 goals and 28 assists, (55 points, a career best.)
Ferrara comes from a hockey family, his brother James is Peterborough captain and has iced for Nottingham Panthers and his other sibling Robert is a d-man at Phantoms.
Gerad Adams, the Sheffield Steelers coach, had Luke under his wing at Cardiff Devils (2012-13.)
He said: “Luke is a star for the future.
“We did not think it was right for his development, at this stage, to make him a full-time player for us, but we will certainly see a lot of him.”
Ferrara, who turned 21 years old last Saturday, studies sports science and personal training at University.
Steelers say they are continuing a dialogue with Coventry Blaze target Stefan Meyer.
“We have made him a very good offer” said a spokesman.
They are having talks with enforcer Tim Spencer’s agent too.