Sheffield Steelers: Evergreen Ash will prove himself

Ashley Tait (right) in his Sheffield Steelers days
Ashley Tait (right) in his Sheffield Steelers days
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Ashley Tait agreed to take a pay cut of almost half his Sheffield Steelers salary to sign for Elite League rivals, Coventry Blaze.

The workaholic winger was keen to prove his continuing worth in British ice hockey after new Sheffield coach Doug Christiansen let him go.

And while several clubs may have been put off by his pay packet at the House of Steel, Coventry were able to find a package which appealed to him.

Steelers’ official David Simms said: “Ash had several clubs looking at him, including Nottingham Panthers.

“But I believe Ash might try and do a spot of teaching in the area too. It’s a good fit all round and everyone at Sheffield wishes him well.”

Tait had a highly successful spell at Blaze (2002-7) and believes “I can still produce. I am getting paid to do what I love to do and you want to continue doing that for as long as you can. I am feeling good and am playing at a level I am happy with and while I can still do a job I will keep playing.”

At 37-years-old, Tait has kept himself in peak physical condition. He lives the life of a true sportsman.

So the fact he was not asked to return to Sheffield will have impacted on him.

Recently he tweeted a picture of a For Sale sign in Sheffield, adding: “Chapter closed.”

Meanwhile, Christiansen has yet to find the goaltender he wants to replace John DeCaro. He has recently run the rule over one possible candidate - but felt he didn’t have what it took.