Sheffield Steelers hunt for new blood

Chris Blight - both shoulders seem ok in this picture by Dean Woolley...
Chris Blight - both shoulders seem ok in this picture by Dean Woolley...
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Sheffield Steelers currently have no import forwards signed up for next season.

That sounds worse than it is: the 2014-15 campaign is still a long way off.

But it is still an unusual Summer phenomenon, both for the club and its coach Gerad Adams.

“I have never been in this position before but I am feeling comfortable about it” the team boss told The Star.

“It is not normal perhaps, but nobody at our club from Tony Smith (owner) down is under pressure to sign somebody just for the sake of it. We are waiting for the right guy. We are talking to Stefan Meyer and I spoke to Chris Blight last week, we are waiting for medical confirmation that his shoulder is alright.

“We have signed the British forwards we need. It will all fit into place” he said.

Many fans would have assumed that Jeff Legue would have been the first import to be re-signed. But he has joined Sheffield Steeldogs.

Adams said: “You never know what is going to happen in this business and an opportunity came up for Jeff which was right to accept at this time of his career.

“I am glad he is still in Sheffield because he is a great guy. I sure would have considered having him back, but that’s not an option.”

Adams has spent a fair time trying to lure Cardiff Devils and former AHL defenceman Tyson Marsh to Sheffield.

“It is looking less likely, now” said the coach. “He is a player who can compete at a high level. He is very mobile at the back-end, which is what we are looking for.

“He has University and family commitments to meet though which might not match what we can offer and he will have had quite a few offers.”