Seventh heaven for Steelers’ defencman Thomas

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MARK Thomas has re-signed for a seventh successive season at Sheffield Steelers.

The GB international is the latest Brit to commit himself again, alongside skipper Jonathan Phillips, Jason Hewitt and Ashley Tait.

Coach Ryan Finnerty said: “These guys are my core. You win championships with these guys at the heart of your club.”

Thomas joined Steelers in the 2005-06 season from London Racers. “From the moment I walked in here I’ve loved it” he said. “Sometimes I think I should get a proper job but nothing could fill the gap Steelers would leave. You’re playing a game you love with a great bunch of mates in the best building in the league. The real world and proper job can wait for a while yet.

“I think the group of us have matured together. Hewey and I weren’t GB players a few years ago and now we’re making the trip to the World Championships as experienced players. We have all helped the Steelers become winners again but the club has helped us become the players we are.”