SHEFFIELD, U.K. – The Sheffield Steelers were back to the drawing board again today after recent signing, enforcer Adam Huxley was released from his contract by Steelers Coach Ryan Finnerty, just two days after signing it.
The 28-year-old Canadian who has extensive experience of playing in the ECHL, spoke with Ryan Finnerty on Wednesday morning and alerted him that he would be no longer joining the South Yorkshire side.
Ryan Finnerty shed some light on the matter, “I spoke with Adam on Wednesday morning and I could tell right away that something was up. He has had a change of circumstances which means that for the short term he really has to remain in North America,” Finnerty said.
“He knew he had signed a deal but I wasn’t going to force a player to play here. His circumstance had changed unexpectedly. That happens and as disappointed as I was to let him go we didn’t really have an option,” Finnerty added.
Huxley who is more known for his pugilistic skills rather than racking up the points has dropped the gloves 285 times in a ten year career, which has also seen him play 23 games in the highly regarded AHL, and even 1 pre-season NHL game with the Edmonton Oilers.
Huxley left the club on good terms, “I think he was as upset as we were, but this was just down to timing and out of people’s hands really. We wish him well, he has been a pleasure to deal with and I’m not so sure we haven’t seen the last of him. He is already talking about next year and I certainly wouldn’t rule that out,” Finnerty explained.
Finnerty also confirmed that the club would be reverting back to ‘Plan A’ and look to bring in a tough stay at home defenceman to replace Huxley, which the club missed last season and has done since former fan favourite Steve Munn patrolled the blueline.
A new defenceman would mean that the club would have a defensive corps of six, something which hasn’t happened for several years, since the import limit was dropped.
The club have signed a forward new to the league but have yet released the player’s name. It’s rumoured to be a point per game player, who can also drop the gloves when needed.
The Elite League is looking really competitive this upcoming season, especially with recent additions to the league in David Ling and Michael Schutte who have signed for Nottingham and Coventry respectively.
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