STEELERS: Finner aims to build a new team after fall from grace

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WhiLE Nottingham Panthers were beating Cardiff Devils 2-0 yesterday in the Play Off final, Steelers’ coach Ryan Finnerty was back in Sheffield with a plan to undermine them and the other Elite League rivals, next season.

Finnerty has been scouting in Italy, running the rule over Val Pusteria HC forwards David Ling, Joe Jensen and Joe Cullen.

He was also taken with Canadian defenceman Matt Kelly - the side’s captain and inspiration...and therefore a player, in reality, he would struggle to sign.

Finnerty said: “The Italian League is a good one and I got a lot out of seeing three games in four nights. Kelly was unbelievable, but whether we could get him over here is a different matter.

“The trip a one off chance to see players that have been recommended. Normally you have to take the word of others in the game on new players. This was a chance to see some guys with my own eyes.

“There were a couple of players we may have took a chance on if I hadn’t been abroad but now that won’t happen. There was also a couple of other players that are now on our radar that weren’t mentioned to us. There will be many changes in Sheffield. I was unhappy how we ended the year and learned a lot in that last month. If we have to fully rebuild then so be it.”