Jeff Legue has confirmed his move from Sheffield Steelers to Steeldogs - predicted in yesterday’s Star - and says his physical condition played a part in the switch.
“I’m older than I was, the body doesn’t heal as quickly as it once did” says the forward who fractured his jaw last season. “You never want to admit it when the time comes but the time came. It was one of those days you never wanted to arrive. Playing for the Steelers is a full time job. It is seven days a week full-on.
“Playing for the Steeldogs will allow me more rest time and more time with my family, especially since the recent birth of my son. I have had a great time as a Steeler and we have all enjoyed many big wins and championships. At least this way I go out on my own terms.
“To all those who have supported me and cheered us on to victory I can’t thank you enough. I’ve loved being a Steeler and wish them well next season. I will be cheering from the sidelines.”
Steelers have stolen Steeldogs’ thunder by announcing that Legue has signed a three-year deal with the club.
Steelers owner Tony Smith said: “It is a shame that Jeff won’t be seeing out his career with the Steelers but we understand his reasons for retiring from the full time professional game and wish him well with the Steeldogs.
“Jeff came to see me earlier and explained that he felt the time was right to end his time with the Steelers as his body was sending him messages that maybe he couldn’t deliver as he did in the past. I appreciate his honesty. He will always be a hero here and he and his family are welcome back at the arena every day of the week. Jeff has been one of our greats. A stand out player and person. I am sure we will honour his time with the club at some point during next season.”