Sheffield Steelers’ old boy gives insight on the incoming new imports

Eric Neiley
Eric Neiley

Eric Neiley believes Sheffield Steelers fans may well be in for a treat when all the new recruits are revealed.

The firey winger, who arrive half-way through last season, was one of the few imports Paul Thompson was hoping to keep on the roster.

But a return to the UK and the Elite League didn’t stack up with his partner’s career plans and the American will be based in Florida from now on.

But he is keeping an eye on Sheffield’s recruitment progress.

Thompson has added two new imports and two British trained Canadians so ar.

Neiley told The Star that losing to Cardiff Devils in the Play Off final last year was a bitter pill to swallow for him and the team.

Steelers' Eric Neiley take a shot against Fife.

Steelers' Eric Neiley take a shot against Fife.

“We felt we were playing well throughout the season but just couldn’t seem to put it all together at the right time and come home with some trophies.

“I know it was hard for some players to be let go and for the fans to see some players go, but the fans should be excited for this upcoming season.

“I’ve still been talking to Thommo about different players so I know what he is looking for and where the roster is headed and it is all very positive.

“Steelers fans should be excited for next season.”

Neiley, who scored 21 points in 25 League games for Sheffield, said retiring from the sport was “the hardest decision of my life.

“I’m still young and feel like I have plenty left and can positively contribute on the ice.

“I still enjoyed playing so I will definitely miss it a lot.

“I would have loved to return to Sheffield for another season.

“However, my fiancé got a new job offer that was too good to turn down so her coming to England for the year became impossible.

“As much as I enjoyed Sheffield, it is hard being away from my family for so long during the year and it just wasn’t something I wanted to do anymore.

“My fiancé and I will be living and working in south Florida now.”