Sheffield Steelers court American centre

Gerad Adams enjoying title victory with Sheffield Steelers
Gerad Adams enjoying title victory with Sheffield Steelers
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Sheffield Steelers have their eyes on an American third line centre.

Coach Gerad Adams is in talks with the player, who is in his 30s and has played in Europe and the ECHL.

The left-shot has always stacked up a decent points average and an interesting penalty minutes ratio.

He could be a decent foil for the likes of Jonathan Phillips, Phil Hill and Jason Hewitt.

Meanwhile Steelers’ owner Tony Smith admits he will miss centreman Nate Dicasmirro when, as expected, he leaves the club this Summer.

The Italian-Canadian has been pursuing a job in Italy and Austria- something he seemed to be on the verge of doing twice during last season when his buddy Rob Sirianni also left. The 35-year-old forward was not a prolific scorer but saved the best till last - illuminating the Play Offs with some superb performances.

“If I could have ten Nates at the club I would take them every day of the week” said Smith.

“Nothing was too much trouble for him.

“He told me after we beat Belfast Giants in the Play Off final at Nottinghamn that, at his age, he’d never expected to win a championship so he was delighted as anybody with the play off win.

“Now it is his right to try and earn as much money as he can over the next couple of years. He has a few offers on the table and I’m sure he’ll in his way back to Italy.

“He deserves that, he is one of the most professional players I have dealt with.”

Adams is continuing his dialogue with last year’s top goal scorer Stefan Meyer, as Sheffield continues to identify and secure players for their import forward roster.

And Tim Spencer is still an option, although it is possible that if the six foot six enforcer does return to the Arena, it will be as a defenceman, where he fitted in well last season.

The 28-year-0old Spencer clearly enjoyed his time in South Yorkshire. After the Play Off win, he tweeted: “Tough to say goodbye to Sheffield. Thank you for the great season.

“Met so many amazing people! Perfect ending!”