Doug will stun our fans, claims owner

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TONY SMITH believes new coach Doug Christiansen - who is hunting an ex NHL defenceman - will achieve success beyond the high expectations of Sheffield Steelers fans.

The American has made an offer to the blue-liner and also to a starting goaltender.

Smith believes that will be the beginning of a new-look team which will have Arena fans swooning.

“He won’t match their expectations, he will exceed their expectations” claimed Smith. “Doug will give them (fans) more than they could ever have imagined.

“I know the Steelers fans are frustrated right now because we are not making any big signings but my suggestion is be patient, because he will come good.”

Christiansen is looking to build a team with balance, says Smith.

“He is looking for toughness, he is looking for an offensive team and a team that doesn’t conceded a lot of goals. Like every coach in the league is right now.

“He is a patient guy. There are lots of players available but he’s not going to jump for the first guy who comes along, he is going to get the right guy at the right price.”

Goaltending, ofcourse is the key area, following the loss of John DeCaro.

Smith says the club has their eyes on a goalie who is off everybody’s radar right now.

They are keeping their fingers crossed that they can sign a man who “concedes very little and is a great team guy.”

Smith said the club would show “caution” in their wage settlements and financial dealings - but they would compete with the other Arena teams.