Agent queries Sheffield Steelers over goaltender recruitment

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Josh Unice’s agent is getting frustrated by Sheffield Steelers’ apparent delay in offering the goaltender a fresh contract.

Shawn Green told readers on Twitter that the League-winning club had a history of not re-employing players who had made a significant impact.

“I remember signing (Drew) Fata with Sheffield years ago, he scored the game winner in the playoffs and Unice backstops them to a league title” said the agent.

Green added Unice had the best stats in the league “and for some reason there’s been no contract from that fifth place team he helped get (to) one.”

Unice played 23 games for Sheffield, helping them to a championship that appeared in danger when Frank Doyle went out injured.

He badly wants to return to the club, but has made it clear that he too will have to examine his options should a deal not be forthcoming.

Josh Unice - agent waiting for a call

Josh Unice - agent waiting for a call

Steelers’ coach Paul Thompson today chose not to comment on Green’s twitter views.

Speaking generally on the goaltending position, he said: “I have four or five names in the loop and am hoping to have sorted things out by the end of June. Within that number I have a good idea what my desired pecking order would be, although things can change quickly.”

One complication for Thompson is that he has to recruit a goalie who has played in 75 per cent of available games, last season, a red-tape criteria which radically reduces the available choices.