Neiley helps convince trusted team-mate Buzzeo to make switch to Sheffield Steelers

NEW FACE: Justin Buzzeo has signed up for the Sheffield Steelers for the 2018-19 season. Picture courtesy of Sheffield Steelers
NEW FACE: Justin Buzzeo has signed up for the Sheffield Steelers for the 2018-19 season. Picture courtesy of Sheffield Steelers
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WHILE he was unable to return himself, Eric Neiley seems to has tried his best to help out former club, Sheffield Steelers.

Neiley was one of the few imports Steelers’ head coach Paul Thompson was willing to have back for the 2018-19 Elite League campaign after arriving in South Yorkshire midway through last season.

HELPING HAND: Former Sheffield Steelers' forward, Eric Neiley. Picture: Dean Woolley.

HELPING HAND: Former Sheffield Steelers' forward, Eric Neiley. Picture: Dean Woolley.

Neiley, however, opted for retirement and a career outside the game, but has since recommended the Steelers to former line-mate Justin Buzzeo.

The 28-year-old Canadian winger is the latest recuit for the Steelers after opting to make the switch from German side Ravensburg Towerstars.

“We’ve signed a talented hockey player,” said Thompson.

“Justin comes alive when he has the puck in the offensive zone – he makes things happen. He brings speed, is a great skater, very mobile and as well as creating for those around him he scores his fair share of goals.”

Buzzeo acknowledged that Neiley – who he played alongside for ECHL outfit Atlanta Gladiators for two seasons – was a big factor in his decision.

“I trust Eric and he told me what a great move it would be for me,” said Buzzeo. “When I spoke with Paul (Thompson) he reiterated everything that Eric had told me and I felt this was the right move for me.”