COLIN Shields has walked out on Sheffield Steelers.
The forward believed he’d been unfairly criticised by coach Ryan Finnerty and activated a two-week get-out clause in his contract. Shields has scored a single assist in his five games and, like Jeff Legue (one goal in four), had tested Finnerty’s patience.
Finnerty had spoken darkly of some of his “top players” not performing in Saturday’s defeat to Edinburgh. He benched Shields on Sunday at Coventry.
Shields was one of the club’s top earners. They’d hope he’d replicate the form he showed at Belfast. Now teams like Braehead will be interested in him - but Steelers would have to sanction any move to a rival Elite League club.
Finnerty said “Colin’s decision came out of the blue. He hadn’t been happy and wanted a move. Neither the club or myself want any player to be unhappy here so we wish him well. There is a pressure in Sheffield to win. We have goals for everyone. Some players haven’t achieved theirs”