In March 2005, he dated single mother Louise Hazel briefly but the dalliance soon fizzled out partly due to Tracy's presence.
Later that year, Steve bought The Rovers Return pub from Fred Elliott (John Savident) and installed Liz as landlady and stepfather Vernon Tomlin (Ian Reddington) as cellarman.
They seemed to come to an acceptance of each other.
In 2000 he had dealings with a local gangster, Jez Quigley.
Tracy became aware of Steve's scheme and attempted to prevent Steve having access to Amy.
The case went to court where Steve was granted legal rights to see his daughter.