Coach wants Rowe to fill Talbot void

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SHEFFIELD Steelers are chasing experienced forward Randy Rowe.

With Joey Talbot confirming his retirement from the sport, Steelers player-coach Ryan Finnerty believes Rowe could fill the void.

“We have several players in mind but Randy is the one I would like to fill that Talbot role,” said Finnerty.

Rowe, aged 31, played his junior hockey in Belleville in the Ontario League before turning professional nine years ago. Born-and-bred in Burford, Ontario, Rowe played more than 450 games in the East Coast League and over 100 in the American League.

“I played with Randy when we were both young pups back in the 2002-03 season in Peoria,” he said. “I think everyone who played with him back then knew he was a very good player who would go on to play in the American League. That he did making over 100 appearances predominantly for Lake Erie

“Randy is obviously a good player but he is also a leader, great in the room, an absolute winner as a person. I think he would be a perfect fit for the Steelers and the Talbot role. He and Jeff Legue would play well together I am sure of that. Randy can play the power play and kill penalties, he is a top all round player and person.”

Finnerty is also closing in on a new goalie.

“It’s been a long hard slog but we think we have our man,” he said. “We have agreed a deal; I’m confident though that this will be done over the weekend.”