Sheffield Steeldogs 'veteran' Jack Brammer rewarded for his dedication to the cause

AT 21 it would be somewhat of a stretch to class somebody as a ‘veteran’ – but that’s exactly what Jack Brammer is for Sheffield Steeldogs.

The announcement that the forward would be remaining at Ice Sheffield means Brammer will enter his fifth season with the Steeldogs having already made 178 appearances for his hometown club.

His experience has been recognised by player-coach Ben Morgan handing him the role of assistant captain for 2024-25, a decision Brammer admits caught him somewhat off-guard.

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“Knowing how Morgs feels about this club and how tough last season was for us all, it was a no-brainer to come back,” said Brammer. “We just want to bring back the winning ways and, hopefully, some silverware.

MOVING ON UP: Sheffield Steeldogs' Jack Brammer has been rewarded for his development in recent seasons by being made an assistant captain by player-coach, Ben Morgan. Picture: Tony Johnson.MOVING ON UP: Sheffield Steeldogs' Jack Brammer has been rewarded for his development in recent seasons by being made an assistant captain by player-coach, Ben Morgan. Picture: Tony Johnson.
MOVING ON UP: Sheffield Steeldogs' Jack Brammer has been rewarded for his development in recent seasons by being made an assistant captain by player-coach, Ben Morgan. Picture: Tony Johnson.

“It was a shock when Morgs asked me to be an ‘A’ - but it’ll be a privilege to play with that letter on my shirt. I’ve been here for six seasons now, so I think it’s true to say I’m no longer a young lad in this group.”​​​​​​

Brammer said he would use the examples set by former Steeldogs’ team-mates to help him adjust to his new responsbility.

“I’ve had some amazing role models over the past few seasons, with the likes of Lewis Bell, Tim Smith and Matt Bissonnette,” he added. “Hopefully I can fill their boots and lead in the same way that they did.”

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Morgan hopes younger players within the Sheffield junior system will look at Brammer’s elevation to an ‘A’ as proof that there was “genuine room for development” in the Steel City.

PLANNING AHEAD: Sheffield Steeldogs' player-coach, Ben Morgan Picture: Tony JohnsonPLANNING AHEAD: Sheffield Steeldogs' player-coach, Ben Morgan Picture: Tony Johnson
PLANNING AHEAD: Sheffield Steeldogs' player-coach, Ben Morgan Picture: Tony Johnson

“Jack continues to mature and develop at a rate which we are all excited about,” said Morgan. “Making Bram’s an assistant captain is a testament to him, his family and what we stand for as a club.

"The next generation of players should now look to this appointment and see genuine room for development within our own pathway.

“We have big plans for Bram’s this season and beyond and are confident he can continue to grow into the established NIHL player he strives to be.”

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