Sheffield Steelers to welcome back Eric Neiley in rival showdown with Manchester Storm

The Sheffield Steelers match with Manchester Storm this Saturday will see former star Eric Neiley return to Motorpoint Arena.

A club statement yesterday confirmed that the American forward was back in Sheffield, having signed from M K Lightning.

Neiley cemented his place as a fan favourite in South Yorkshire last year, scoring 21 points in 25 regular season games before leaving the club to move back to America.

Steelers forward Justin Bezzeo hopes Neiley can replicate the form he produced in his initial spell at the Motorpoint Arena.

“I played with Neils for two years in Atlanta, we were line mates there so it was good.

“It’s nice to have him back, a familiar face. And he did well last year when he was here so we’re looking for him to do the same thing,” he said.

Steelers go into the weekend fixture off the back of three away wins in Scotland.

Last Sunday’s 6-2 win over Fife Flyers saw Robert Dowd enter the record books as Steelers fifth all-time top scorer, after he hit four points in Kirkcaldy.

“Dowd has been here for a long time, he’s scored a lot of goals for the team and he’s that kind of player so obviously we need him night in night out,” said Bezzeo.

Manchester Storm make the trip west standing 9th in the league, just three points off the Steelers who are 7th. Bezzeo acknowledged the Storm visit comes with added intensity.

“Any time you play these guys or Nottingham it’s a rivalry. They want to climb up in the standings as well and if you look it’s pretty tight in there. Any time you play these guys you want to win.”

Sheffield Steelers play Manchester Storm at the Motorpoint Arena, 4pm, Sunday.