Recent Sheffield Steeldogs signing Reece Cochrane is hoping to tread a similar path to Liam Kirk.
The 18-year-old Scot has moved away from his native Kirkcaldy and Fife Flyers to join the NIHL National side under Ben Morgan.
And he’s keen to take advantage of the recent partnership announced with Sheffield Steelers that could perhaps see him return to the top flight in the future.
“The new partnership is something I can definitely benefit from in the future and we’ve seen it happen already with Liam Kirk and what he’s gone on to achieve,” he said.
“There were a few good reasons why I decided to move to Sheffield Steeldogs. It’s a good league, which is going to be competitive, going by the set up and the teams involved.
“I’m hoping to get a lot more ice time and develop, which would give me the chance to move back to the Elite League and play regularly at that level so it’s an exciting move for me.”
Cochrane is keen to get his teeth into the new league, where Steeldogs will be eyeing up the title after missing out on NIHL North 1 title last season, where Hull Pirates pipped them to the post.
For the GB Under 18 and Under 20 international, it’s a chance to gain the development and admitted his limited action for Fife was something that irked him.
He added: “It got quite frustrated sitting on the bench for Fife last season, but I suppose, where you need the wins it has to be done.
“In the same sense, you don’t want to tire out the imports and have more injuries, but it was what it was.
“My aim is to get as much ice time and become better, get more chances in the games and help the team. I also want to be one of the main guys who’s there to help the others out.
“The league itself will be good and all the top teams from the NIHL so it’s definitely going to be competitive. The games will be closer so that will keep you on the edge of your seat.”