Stefan Meyer’s decision to move on from Sheffield Steelers’ was ironically influenced by the club’s urgency to re-signing him.
The Play Off champions’ ace goal scorer has now signed for Ryan Finnerty’s Braehead Clan - and he has publicly praised the Scots for showing patience while he made his mind up.
Meyer was chased by Steelers’ coach Gerad Adams for a resolution during the early and mid close season.
The Canadian said he’d had private family issues to address after returning home, after last season’s title victory.
“I was speaking to Sheffield, they are a great organisation and I love the fans there, they were phenomenal to me” said Meyer.
“Me and Gerad Adams had a great relationship and I really enjoyed him as a person and as a coach and he felt the same about me. But we just needed time to make our decision and they wanted to move forward” he told the Clan website.
“Braehead gave us the time and as a family it was just a decision that we made.”
Adams admits players like Meyer and former skipper Steve Goertzen will inevitably be a handful to play against next season.
“Any time a player comes back to play you they always put some extra effort in” the coach said.
“But I have nothing bad to say about any of the players that have moved on. Sometimes contractual issues don’t work out and they go elsewhere, I wish them all the best. We kept going back and forth with Stefan, both sides were incredibly frustrated.
“As for Steve, he was a very good player and I hope our fans give him a very good reception when we play them (friendly: August 30.) I’m sure they will, he was a great servant for this club.”
Meyer said that last year’s Steelers squad was a strong group who coped well when Doug Christiansen was axed in favour of Adams. He said there’d been an inner belief in the dressing room that they could win the Play Offs if they got through to the final four.