VIDEO Sheffield ice hockey: Tom’s mission

Tom Squires is determined to prove he is good enough for Elite League.

The Sheffield born winger was farmed out by Steelers in 2012 and has just been axed from Hull Stingrays squad. He was picked up by English Premier Sheffield Steeldogs, who host Manchester Phoenix and Basingstoke Bison this weekend and hopes to use rest of the season to showcase his talents.

Tom Squires - looking forwards, not backwards

Tom Squires - looking forwards, not backwards

“I have been told to go from the Elite League to the EPL twice now, so there is always that sense of wanting to prove people wrong” he said on video at “It is an added incentive to play better.”

Squires, 23, added: “Nobody expects to get released from a team, I’d just got back from injury and got told I wasn’t going to play any further part. I would not wish that on anybody. I don’t think it knocks my confidence, I’ve always played with confidence, if you let it get to you, it will affect your game. Thankfully Andre (Payette, Dogs’ coach) offered me a job to finish the season.”

Squires accepts he must compete for a spot on the EPL team, especially as a spell there last season “did not work out.”