Steelers had hoped to confirm the signing of former Coventry Blaze and Guildford Flames forward Liam Stewart.
Stewart had recently signed a contract with the club for the 2018-19 season but shortly after agreeing to join the Steelers he started to feel the returning concussion symptoms that ended his season with the Flames last year. After taking medical advice Liam has decided to take the year off in order that he can fully recover.
“It’s a blow” said head coach Paul Thompson “We are of course disappointed but Liam’s health has to come first and we fully understand.
“Liam has been recommended to take a lengthy period of time off so he can fully recover. He is still young enough to enjoy a great career. I made a mistake not bringing him to Sheffield last year, I hold my hands up to that one. Therefore, this summer he was a top priority as we try and build a young and fast team for the year ahead.
“We spoke at length and Liam was as excited as we were. Liam has been fully transparent and up front with us and advised us a few weeks ago of the returning symptoms. He has taken the appropriate advice and we fully respect his decision. He is a super individual and we are all gutted for him”
“I was looking forward to joining the Steelers” said Stewart “Thommo and I spoke both last summer and this, at the time of signing I was feeling great and working out.
“Then after an on-ice practise with some contact I felt something wasn’t right. I’m confident if I take the right approach now and follow the advice I’ve been given then I still have the chance of a full career ahead of me. It would have been fantastic to play for the Steelers and maybe that day will still come”