Jeff Legue has quit Sheffield Steeldogs to return to Steelers.
He asked to be released from his three year contract with the EPL side in favour of a return to the Elite League.
Steelers immediately offered him a spot and a guaranteed place in next season’s team too.
For Steelers, Legue’s reinstatement massively strengthens their League title hopes. But it is a staggering blow for Steeldogs, who built their franchise around him.
Dogs coach Andre Payette told The Star: “Jeff wanted to go back to the Elite level and win a trophy and while it is disappointing for us, we had to understand and let him go.
“There was a tear in his eye when he told us and it is hard to accept, but Jeff is a friend and I know what it is like to be tempted to go back to the best level available once you have dropped down. We wish him all the best.” Legue will play against Nottingham Panthers on Boxing Day.
Meanwhile, Michael Forney will be hoping to increase his points tally over the festive period. The silky forward scored one goal and three assists last weekend and fans would be happy to see a similar return in the big match-up against Nottingham Panthers.
In four appearances against them he has scored twice and chalked up two assists. And the 26-year-old from Thief River Falls, Minnesota, thinks it is easier to plunder points when you have a big Arena fan base behind you.
“It’s a big rivalry, the fans get excited therefore we get excited, so we will be looking for a big performance that night,” he said. “Every time you play in front of a lot of fans it’s exciting; your team definitely rises to the occasion especially at home so hopefully we can continue that.”
See a video interview with Forney on our website.