Tait’s future remains unclear in Elite League

Ashley Tait in Sheffield Steelers' colours.
Ashley Tait in Sheffield Steelers' colours.
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Belfast Giants may be mulling over a deal for former Sheffield Steelers’ winger Ashley Tait.

New coach Paul Adey has been in talks with the veteran Great Britain man, following the decision of Craig Peacock to leave for bigger and better things, at Frederikshavn in Denmark.

Another ex Steeler Colin Shields has tweeted his support for Peacock: “Great to see my friend @peaks71 get an opportunity in Europe! He will do great and represent the @BelfastGiants and @IceHockeyUK.”

Nottingham Panthers, keen to consolidate their league title, are still thought to be after Robert Farmer, although they again may show some interest in Tait if Farmer goes to the ECHL in America.

Tait has also spoken to old coach Ryan Finnerty, now of Braehead Clan. Finnerty, who is expected to sign Steeler Lee Esders this, has given Tait until the end of the month to consider an offer.

Meanwhile, Simon Ferguson is wanted by Coventry, but the Blaze organisation has no MBA places left and Ferguson wants an educational package similar to those at the University of Sheffield.

Nottingham may also see him as a potential replacement for Kelsey Wilson who is said to be leaving to return to North America. That would be ironic - as Wilson and Ferguson clashed dramatically last season.

Meanwhile the jury remains out on two long servants at Sheffield, bench coach Neil Abel and defenceman Rod Sarich.