Sheffield Steelers enforcer Tim Spencer is determined to secure a job in his old stomping ground, the American Hockey League.
Spencer was a hard-hitting winger who was deployed in defence at Sheffield Arena to bring some much-needed toughness.
His season ended in Play Off glory - and that has attracted sides in the AHL, where he played previously, including stints at Springfield Falcons and Binghamton Senators.
The 28-year-old Canadian has notified Steelers that he will not be returning.
Spencer was the biggest penalty-minute taker at the club - the only skater to draw three figures (147) - in his first and only season at Broughton Lane.
Sheffield coach Gerad Adams is keen on importing an uncompromising blue liner, and with more players starting to become available now, some progress on the signing-front is anticipated.
Adams said there had been “dead-ends” in the process, but he knew “exactly what we are looking for.”