Sheffield Steelers must show Cup unity

David Simms and Mike O'Connor in cup winning mode
David Simms and Mike O'Connor in cup winning mode
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STEELERS’ official David Simms wants the club to show unity tonight in the Challenge Cup Final first leg.

Owner Tony Smith yesterday suggested that heads could roll unless his team wins silverware. That put an awkward question mark over coach Ryan Finnerty’s future.

But Simms, anxious to help club-bonding before the event, said: “Tonight is a huge opportunity for the club, the team, coaches, owners and players to get Steelers back to collecting trophies.

“The Smith family has brought us the stability we craved. Now Ryan and the players have taken us to a major cup final.

“We are all working 24/7 for success on and off the ice. Beating Panthers tonight will be justification that hard work really does pay off” said Simms.

“This is a huge chance to bring silverware back to the Arena. A trophy would be the perfect foundation for more success this year at the Play Offs or next season in three competitions. Tonight could be the start of a purple patch. Winning the first trophy in a while is always the hardest. As a club we have always won trophies in batches, win tonight and it could see the start of a golden era.”