Deal for Neil

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STEELERS have re-signed one of the architects behind their 2010-11 Elite-League-winning side.

After weeks of uncertainty, bench coach Neil Abel has agreed a fresh contract to return, this time as number two behind new player-coach Ryan Finnerty.

Finnerty has made it clear he wants Abel to be a strong character, with a major say in both the dressing room and on the bench, while he himself mixes playing and managing, for the first time.

Abel said: “Now our thoughts can turn towards defending the title.”