Young gun signs up for Sheffield Steelers

Luke Ferrara
Luke Ferrara
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Sheffield Steelers have signed a ‘two-way’ deal with hot prospect Luke Ferrara.

The junior Great Britain international is a forward with Peterborough Phantoms in the English Premier League.

Luke Ferrara

Luke Ferrara

Effectively he takes the spot held last season by Aaron Nell.

Steelers will ensure fast-skating Ferrara benefits from training at the Arena and will likely ice him for midweek games and those weekends when there is no clash with Phantoms’ fixture list.

It is a golden opportunity for the youngster to advance after chalking up some impressive numbers last season.

In 54 games, he scored 27 goals and 28 assists, (55 points, a career best.)

Ferrara comes from a hockey family, his brother James is Peterborough captain and has iced for Nottingham Panthers and his other sibling Robert is a d-man at Phantoms.

Gerad Adams, the Sheffield Steelers coach, had Luke under his wing at Cardiff Devils (2012-13.)

He said: “Luke is a star for the future.

“We did not think it was right for his development, at this stage, to make him a full-time player for us, but we will certainly see a lot of him.”

Ferrara, who turned 21 years old last Saturday, studies sports science and personal training at University.

Steelers say they are continuing a dialogue with Coventry Blaze target Stefan Meyer.

“We have made him a very good offer” said a spokesman.

They are having talks with enforcer Tim Spencer’s agent too.