Miller urges caution against Steeldogs

Telford Tigers forward Joe Miller has warned of a “dangerous” Sheffield Steeldogs side, ahead of Saturday’s English Premier League encounter in Yorkshire.

The two teams meet in Telford’s only game of the weekend, with the Tigers’ injury-ravaged squad set to enjoy a break from action on Sunday.

Sheffield are currently seventh in the EPL standings, five points adrift of sixth-placed Telford, having already taken string of high-profile scalps.

Miller, who celebrated scoring his 300th EPL goal against Hull last weekend, believes the Steeldogs’ battled-hardened British line-up could provide the biggest threat.

He said: “I think Sheffield are very dangerous and this year they’ve surprised a few people, especially with how close they are to the leading pack.

“They have a lot of hard-working British players who can win a game for them. Sheffield has never been an easy place to go, so we know what to expect.

“We’re still trying to chase down the leading teams and finish as high as we can. It’s one step at a time to get the two points and see where we finish in a few weeks.”

A string of injuries to Telford’s senior players – as well as the absence of coach Tom Watkins on international duty – means Sunday’s break will come as a welcome relief.

Miller added: “If you’re in the groove, and winning, then sometimes you don’t want a break from action. But with the injuries we’ve got at the movement, they boys will welcome the rest.

“I think having Sunday off will help the guys who are injured, or who are playing hurt.”

That injury list could hand Telford’s younger players another chance to shine on Saturday, with GB defenceman Jonathan Weaver now also in the Tigers treatment room.

“Having these injuries will give a few of the players who don’t perhaps get as much ice time an opportunity this weekend,” Miller said.

“But with the season we’ve had, it won’t be anything new for them. I’ve never seen anything like it, with the amount of injuries there’s been in this team.

“It’s been a brutal year, so I don’t think it will be a surprise for anyone getting extra ice time this weekend.”

Saturday’s game, at Ice Sheffield, faces off at 7.30pm.

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