Sheffield Steelers’ budget ‘must come first’

Steelers’ official Dave Simms has admitted most Sheffield fans won’t all have appreciated the decision not to offer captain Steve Goertzen a fresh deal - but insists it was for the “betterment” of the club.

Goertzen has since signed for Coventry Blaze. And Simms said: “It is very easy to sit at home and think we should have re-signed Steve. But it is how he fits in, how the budgets fit, how everything comes together and what’s best for the club. A lot of coaches would have been very reluctant (to release him) but would have come to the same conclusion as Gerad (Adams) did. I supported that, as hard as it was; Steven was one of my favourites, but for the betterment of everybody it was probably the right decision for the club.

Steven Goertzen - led Sheffield to Play Off trophy

Steven Goertzen - led Sheffield to Play Off trophy

“For those outside, those looking at this now it might be hard to understand, and for Steven himself, he never wanted to leave. But in a year’s time when I think Geortzen will become a coach he will have to make similar decisions.”

Simms said the club were awaiting medical confirmation that Chris Blight’s shoulder was rehabilitated.

“He now tells us he doesn’t need an operation, we’re delighted, he’s going to have some examinations, and when he has letters clearing his shoulder, I would assume Gerad would be very interested in making him an offer. He did a great job for us, we love Chris here.”

He said it had been a “daft, stupid mistake” for Cardiff Devils to have released him, in the middle of last season, adding: “You don’t let good people go.”

Chris Blight

Chris Blight

On the future of Stefan Meyer, Simms said the forward was “looking to prolong his career, make as much money as possible, that’s what we all try to do. He’ll make that decision I think Coventry think they are very close to him. There have been times when we thought we’d actually got him. A couple of teams in Russia think they are fairly close as well.”