“Pig week” is coming to a close for Sheffield Steelers’ players.
That’s their name for the pig-of-a-week they’ve endured getting into shape.
Coach Paul Thompson said the focus had shifted from training “with a view for the rest of the season, to training for a game” - a reference to the September 1 opener at Nottingham Panthers.
Some have had to catch up with others in the conditioning stakes: the Rupert brothers for instance, who are taking part in an EIHL pre-season for the first time.
Brandon Whistle (foot) remains the biggest injury doubt.
But the absence of a game this weekend will be a bonus - the squad has been given Saturday, Sunday and Monday off.