SHEFFIELD STEELERS: New Steeler Shawn Limpright will be a hit with the fans

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FORMER Steelers’ defenceman Scott Basiuk says his old club have signed a true all-rounder in his old team-mate Shawn Limpright.

The retired blueliner - the like of which present day coach Ryan Finnerty would love to see fill his remaining import slot - says the Canadian left wing will be a major asset in Sheffield’s pursuit of honours.

“He’s going to be good for Steelers” said Basiuk, who left the club after the 2009-10 season. “He can be score and make goals like Jeff Legue. But who knows, every player when they come to England handles the league differently. Hopefully he can step right in and contribute. He’s been successful everywhere he’s been so I don’t see why he won’t be an immediate hit. From what I know he’s a good guy in the (dressing) room too, guys like him on every team.

“Finner won’t take guys that aren’t what he wants in the room, not since that debacle last year with (Colt) King.”

Basiuk also likened Limpright to Finnerty: “He’s tough to play against because he can score and can irritate you - that kind of reminds me of the current Steelers coach!”

Basiuk played on the same team as Limpright Dayton Bombers (2004-5; ECHL) and reflected: “He plays hard and he’s responsible in his own end. He is going to be very solid. He’s played 10 years pro and in most places more than a year.” Generally, Basiuk is impressed with Finnerty’s squad,

“I played with Steve Goertzen in first year pro), and in Colin Shields, Tylor Michel, Ashley Tait, Legue they have some top-end talent and Shawn will help out offensively as well as some grit and defensive ability.”

Basiuk admits to pangs of sentiment when he thinks about his time in South Yorkshire. “I was sure wish I was still playing in Sheffield, I miss it every day!”

Meanwhile Mark Thomas thinks Steelers blue line has already been upgraded on last year, even though there is one more player to come in.

“Our D is stronger already with Jim Jorgensen and Danny Meyers” he said. “Rod Sarich is back to full strength after injury and Matt Stephenson is pure quality and a real leader on the blue line.”