Tom must battle for his EPL place

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Tom Squires has been left under no illusion that he will have to fight for his place at Sheffield Steeldogs.

A drop down from the Elite League to the English Premier hockey is no guarantee that he will be on the Power Play, or even a first choice on any of the first three lines, says coach Adnre Payette

Squires was cut by Hull Stingrays last Saturday. The 23-year-old forward was shown the door an hour after Stingrays crashed 6-1 to Coventry Blaze. Strangely, he’d been allowed to skate in the warm-up but not the game itself. He had been out since December when he was hit in the eye by a puck at Fife.

Squires called Dogs coach Andre Payette to see if he could go back. Payette said: “To be honest, we were not looking at Tom, but he phoned me and after I’d thought about it I knew that he could help us. Things have not really worked out for Tom since he left Steelers (Ryan Finnerty era.)

“We’d hoped he would be a 20-goal scorer in his time with us last year but he only managed a couple of points before leaving for Hull.We cannot guarantee him anything (on the ice.) I am not going to upset the team; everybody on all three lines have earned their spot. But Tom can help us. He had a knack around the net and that’s an ability you don’t lose.”

Stingrays owner Bobby McEwan said: “We released Tom because basically we did not have a position for him on the team now.

“We spoke to another club about him to see if we can find him a job for the rest of the season.”

Squires started off playing for Steel City Scorpions in 2005, graduating to Sheffield Spartans, Rapiers, Steelhawks and Scimitars as well as representing England and GB junior teams.