Swiss-based winger fancies a Steelers berth

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Canadian winger Cory Pecker has sent a ‘Come and get me’ message to Sheffield Steelers.

After four seasons in Swiss hockey, the 6ft former AHl right winger wants to try his hand at the British Elite League.

Player coach Ryan Finnerty confirmed: “We have talked to Corey and we are always open to seeing who is out there at any given time.

“We have not been actively looking to recruit but on the other hand if somebody can come in that makes our team better than we will make the most of that opportunity.”

The 30-year-old forward was drafted by Calgary Flames in 1999 but never made it to the NHL, His last season was split between Lausanne and Visp in the second tier of Swiss hockey.

Finnerty will doubtless put the issue aside as he prepares for a trip to Nottingham Panthers on Saturday followed by the visit to iceSheffield of Hull Stingrays. After being beaten handsomely by Panthers recently, Finnerty knows what is expected of his side.

“We sat back too much last time and because they are such an offensive side that played directly into their hands. This time we have to put their defence under pressure and force them into mistakes on and off the puck.

“A win at Nottingham would be great for our team’s self-confidence, especially as we have not shown our best against them. We also need to take their crowd out of the equation. They are pretty vocal there but crowds like them have a habit of turning on their own team if things are going wrong. If we can slow Nottingham down and maybe go a goal or two up, it won’t be as noisy. But to achieve that we have got to play our system.”

Finnerty will have to come up with a rousing dressing room speech before the Panthers clash.

He said: “I will just be reminding them that this team has embarrassed us and we have to show our own supporters that we are not prepared to accept that.

“A win there and on Sunday will be just what we need right now.”