Gerad Adams is confident that new signing Michael Forney has completely recovered from a chest injury - and can help score the goals to take Sheffield Steelers to an Elite League title.
Forney played 35 games in Austria last season for Villacher SV, before rib injuries brought his time there to a premature end.
“His team brought in a replacement when he got injured and it didn’t work out for him there once he’d recovered” said Adams.
The 26-year-old American, who had scored 10+11 in Austria, then scored 11 points in 10 games at Sparta Sarpsborg in Norway.
He also played 10 play off games for Arizona Sundogs in the CHL.
“He is completely recovered from his injury now and wants to prove himself again.
“He put up some respectable numbers in Austria which is a difficult league to score in and wants to come over here to put himself back on the market for the bigger (overseas) teams.”
Forney, a six feet two inch right-shot forward from the unusally named Thief River Falls, in Minnesota, was a top scorer for ECHL clubs Colorado Eagles (2012-13) and Gwinnett Gladiators (2010-11) as well as Green Bay Gamblers (20090-9.)
It now seems clear that Forney won’t be teaming up with either Chris Blight or Stefan Meyer, who both played with distinction for Steelers last season. Blight, who it’s fair to say seems unhappy on how his tenure at Sheffield ended, has joined Dundee Stars. Stars coach, Jeff Hutchins, said: “I have been after Chris since last season, before he moved from Cardiff to Sheffield.”
While Adams admits to “frustrations on both sides” over a lack of progress in terms of a deal for Meyer. It is probably time he cuts loose from the negotiations - and moves on to other targets.