CORY PECKER paid the price for Sheffield Steelers’ mini form-dip with his job yesterday.
Head coach Ryan Finnerty cut him from top of the League roster after back-to-back home defeats.
The coach is sending a message to the others that nothing other than 100 per cent will suffice.
Last season, Finnerty axed another import, Colt King, yet did not get the response he wanted from the others. But he has acted again now to nip a results-slide in the bud.
The Star has recently quizzed the club if stamina and fitness was an issue and we were informed it wasn’t.
Yet, from my perspective, Pecker looked out of shape.
Certainly the 31-year-old Canadian’s form has not been eye-catching. He and others were brought in so Jeff Legue would not have to bear the burden of offence, again this year.
The last straw seems to have been Pecker’s “unforgiveable” late penalty for butt-ending he took as Sheffield tried to claw their way back from defeat against Coventry Blaze on Sunday.
Pecker may not be the last man to get the chop. Finnerty spoke of more than one player letting him down after Sunday’s “terrible” performance against Blaze.