Callum Pattison has signed for a fourth season with the Sheffield Steeldogs.
Pattison has made 132 appearances for the Steeldogs, collecting 699 penalty minutes which puts him third all-time in the club’s history.
Steeldogs’ boss Greg Wood said: “On any team you have those players who are like the glue that keeps everything stuck together and Patto is of those – he doesn’t take any nonsense off anyone.
“He’s a real hardworking, honest kid and he really impressed me last year, especially in the smaller rinks.
“On the road in those smaller, more intimidating rinks with his size and his physical presence, he can be a real asset.
“I don’t think he gets credit for his skill level and I’m going to look to get the best out of him in those rinks and play to his strengths rather than throwing him out at odd times to protect the team.
“That has been his job and he is the best in the league at doing that. He’s got nothing to prove with fighting – he’s fought everyone there is to fight.
“You’re going to see more of his playing side this year, using his strengths. We’re looking to roll with four forward units and it’s looking like he will play alongside me with one younger Brit.
“I think with my experience and defensive qualities we can really put together a strong line.
Pattison added: “I’m really happy to be back with the Dogs – I think it’s going to be a good year and I’m really looking forward to it.
“I think Woody is still looking for me to get stuck in if stuff goes down, but he wants me playing more and he’s looking to develop me further, not just have me looking after my teammates.”