Eric Neiley to return to Sheffield Steelers

The Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning announce today that US-born forward Eric Neiley is to leave the club.  Eric, sponsored by Craft & Cleaver, will be returning to the Sheffield Steelers where he played 34 fixtures last season.

The Steelers approached Lightning two weeks ago about the possibility of re-signing the player and Club owner Graham Moody commented, “We want to assure our supporters that we did everything we could to try and persuade Eric to stay - but once a player has made up their minds, usually it’s very difficult to change that.

“Right through this period of discussions, Eric has been the consummate professional and given nothing less than 100 per cent for Lightning.  On behalf of everyone here, on and off the ice, we want to thank him for everything he has done whilst wearing our colours.

“We know this news will be disappointing for fans but Ryan (Lannon) and Tim (Wallace) are working flat out on a replacement, and we hope to have some positive news in the near future.”

MK Lightning and the MKL Supporters’ Club would like to thank Craft & Cleaver for being Eric’s corporate sponsor and also all of the owners of his jerseys on our Own & Loan scheme.

We apologise to our Gold Club members that we were unable to give the usual priority, due to this announcement being a timed, co-ordinated announcement agreed with Sheffield Steelers.

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