Elliott Neese

As the stars of Deadliest Catch prepare to set sail for Season 9, someone is noticeably missing: Elliott Neese.

The captain of the Ramblin' Rose struggled throughout last season, even clashing with the ship's owner when he refused to move the ship out of harbor during a big ice storm.

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"In all honesty, I'm kind of not surprised Elliott isn't here this year," Sig Hansen says in the premiere. Scott Campell is less forgiving. "He should be up here. He should already be ready to go," the Seabrooke captain says.

But fear not, Captain Elliott fans. According to Discovery, Neese will be in Season 9 — with his own boat, the F/V Saga.

Deadliest Catch returns Tuesday at 9/8c on Discovery. Watch a preview below.