Familiar trio pen deals to stay with Sheffield Steeldogs

English Premier League Cup Final 1st Leg....Sheffield SteelDogs v Guildford Flame....SteelDogs Edgars Bebris
English Premier League Cup Final 1st Leg....Sheffield SteelDogs v Guildford Flame....SteelDogs Edgars Bebris

SHEFFIELD Steeldogs have announced the re-signing of three players.

Latvian Edgars ‘Eddie’ Bebris, home-grown Lloyd Gibson and forward Stuart Brittle have all put pen to paper and committed their immediate future to the Steeldogs.

The Steeldogs welcome Bebris back to the squad for his third season in Sheffield at EPL level, after a total of 39 points last season.

Owner Shane Smith said: “Eddie grew and grew this season as a player, both physically and mentally. We are looking forward to seeing what Eddie brings this season as we believe he will continue to develop and be one of our best players going forward.”

Gibson returns for his seventh season at senior level, after progressing through the Sheffield Junior Academy.

“I am really happy to have Lloyd back,” said Steeldogs head coach Andre Payette.

“He is one of our leaders on the team and gives 100%. Lloyd is the type of player the Steeldogs are all about; he has a knack of scoring timely goals and when he has the chance to mix it up, he didn’t lose a fight.

“He wasn’t scared to stick up for his team mates and that is what I look for in all my players.”

Payette was equally enthusiastic about the re-signing of Brittle, who has recorded 243 points in 344 EPL games with Sheffield.

“I think Stuart is one of the best playmakers in the league and has fully embraced the Steeldogs’ work ethic,” Payette said.

“He is one of the leaders on the team and will be welcomed back by all. I am looking for Dr Brittle to have his best season yet.”

Brittle added: “I am really pleased to be playing my ninth season at the club.

“I am excited about the chance to win something next year, and feel rejuvenated through Andre’s new implementations, energy and ideas.

“I hope to have an injury free year, and am looking forward to playing in all the big games like last year, especially getting to Coventry again.”