Sheffield Steelers ace signs extended deal

Rob Dowd has lengthened his contract at Sheffield
Rob Dowd has lengthened his contract at Sheffield
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Rob Dowd has extended his contract with Sheffield Steelers after being convinced that the club’s appetite for more titles matched his own.

The 25-year-old GB forward will now remain at the club until the end of the 2016 season.

There had been some rumours in Sheffield that Dowd, an admirer of sacked coach Doug Christiansen, may have been looking to terminate his existing arrangement...there were unconfirmed stories of interest from Nottingham Panthers.

But Dowd has ended speculation by penning a one year extension. Coach Gerad Adams recognised Dowd was “one we need to keep happy and motivated.”

Dowd commented: “I came to Sheffield to win. We did that with a fantastic end to the season and the play off championship. I share the views of everyone here, we want to make this club the best it can be. We are heading in the right direction and our aim is to be competitive every night and go for all trophies. I love to win and I think we have a great chance of doing that again.”

Despite a relaxation of import/dual national rules, Adams sees the value of holding on to one of Britain’s finest players. “Youngsters up and down the land should take a look at his drive and commitment” he said.

“When I came here I was excited to work with him; he never let me down for a moment.”

The coach added: “I think we all see him as the face of the Steelers and a leader in this club. On and off the ice he conducts himself well. We all saw how he motivated a whole fan base with his community work with Fir Vale Food Bank, well he does that every day with his work ethic in training as well.”

Dowd scored 30 times for the Play Off winners last season leading the team in goals.

It was the start of his second spell with the club after first joining the Steelers in 2006-07. He became a full time member of the team in 2008-09 scoring 27 times and helping Steelers collect the league and play off double as well as being voted the league’s best young player.

Dowd was a league champion again in 2010 but left Sheffield for Belfast Giants where in season 2011/12 he scored 40 times and helped the Giants lift the league title.

Dowd then joined the Swedish Allsvenskan where he impressed for Troja Lunby.