Sheffield Steelers lose out on Keefe

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DOUG Christiansen will not be able to lure Belfast Giants’ skipper Adam Keefe to his new Sheffield Steelers club.

It is thought likely the new Sheffield Steelers’ coach would have loved to recruit his trusty captain

from his former club.

But Keefe has signed a new deal with Giants.

Meanwhile, Great Britain and Steelers defenceman Danny Meyers says the squad is very focused ahead of tomorrow’s World Championship (Division 1A) tournament-opener with hosts Hungary.

GB arrived in Budapest yesterday (Friday) and will have a team meeting and practice today ahead of Sunday’s opening game.

Meyers, who will win his 50th cap in tomorrow’s opener with Hungary, said: “We are all very focused and ready for the next week.

“As ever, the spirit is great and we are excited about the challenges that lie ahead.

“Make no mistake about it, this is a tough, tough group. There is not one game we can take lightly.”

The Sheffield man made his competitive senior international debut in 2004 and now stands on 49 caps following the Olympic final qualifiers earlier this year.

“It is a honour to be reaching my 50th cap. I am so proud to play for my country and I am thrilled to be reaching this milestone,” Meyers added.

“I have won a silver and a bronze medal in recent years and they are moments I will never forget.

“I now want to add to that collection in the coming years and help push GB to highest level possible.”