Ben is happy at Sheffield Steelers - for now

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Ben O’Connor now has four teams interested in signing him in Russia and Kazakhstan.

But despite the temptation of a bumper pay packet, he is in no rush to make a decision.

Ben O'Connor in action

Ben O'Connor in action

Instead, he is focusing on playing for Sheffield Steelers tonight, against another former club, Edinburgh Capitals.

“I got another offer yesterday” he said. “But I am not in any rush, I am enjoying it here and have plenty of time to come to the right decision.”

Recently, O’Connor was released by the Kazak team he had played for, for two previous seasons, Arlan Kokshetau.

He explained: “The team got a new coach and he didn’t like European players. I was asked if I wanted to go and said yes.”

O’Connor was surprised at the inconsistent refereeing he experienced in back to back games against Cardiff Devils last weekend but blamed a poor team performance in the first period for Sunday’s defeat in Wales.

Like O’Connor, team-mate Phil Hill is desperate for a win tonight. “That first defeat in the League hurt us on Sunday. We didn’t play our best game for 60 minutes, they got the jump on us and we couldn’t claw it back. Now we have licked our the wounds and must come out hard against Edinburgh.

They will sit back and be happy for us to control the game, they will try and stay in the game and then hope we fall asleep so they can punish us. They did that in Coventry on Sunday and came away with a point. The key is to come out hard and fast and take the game to them. All three lines have to concentrate, work hard, play physical and make the whole iceSheffield experience a tough one for the Caps.

“They have good players and if we fall asleep and give them chances guys like Rene Jarolin and Richard Hartmann can hurt you. In front of goal we have to be clinical and bare down.”

Edinburgh lost 5-2 at Nottingham last night.