Steelers forward Jonas Westerling has announced his retirement from the sport after a 19 year professional career.
“I have had a wonderful career,” said Westy “played for some great clubs and coaches together with some incredible team mates. I’ve been very lucky.
“Sheffield has been a fantastic destination for me and it’s right my journey ends here. I wish it could have lasted one more weekend, I really did think we were so close on Sunday in Cardiff and a place in the final four would have been so well deserved.
“It wasn’t to be and now the reality has come home to me that I have played my last professional game. I couldn’t have been happier in Sheffield, a wonderful club with great team mates and just the best fans who cheered us all on so much
“The club ownership and staff have been first class with me. I will miss everyone at the Steelers. I had the best time and experience playing at the Arena, on the road both in the league and in European competition.
“When I received the call midway through this season asking if I wanted to return, well I was so pleased to be wearing the Orange once again. I’m sad it has ended but happy that when it did it was here in Sheffield.
“Thank you for the great support and one thing is guaranteed, next season I will return to Sheffield to watch a game as a Steelers fan and to say hello to all the great friends I have made in this City”
Jonas Westerling played 103 games for the Steelers, scoring 14 goals and 49 points during his two spells.