Breaking: Sheffield Eagles swoop to sign Hull Kingston Rovers hooker Keale Carlile

Hull Kingston Rovers hooker Keale Carlile
Hull Kingston Rovers hooker Keale Carlile

Sheffield Eagles’ chief Mark Aston has fulfilled his promise of adding fresh faces to his side following the capture of Hull Kingston Rovers hooker Keale Carlile.

Aston revealed that he was close to adding new blood following the Eagles’ narrow 14-12 victory at Workington Town last Sunday, and has delivered on his promise by landing the Pontefract-born ace on an 18-month deal.

Carlile, who turns 25 today, found himself down the pecking order at Craven Park, allowing Aston to swoop following his release.

The Eagles’ supremo also confirmed that his latest addition will make his debut in Sunday’s Challenge Cup fourth round tie with Oldham Roughyeds.

“Keale is a great kid who has played for the likes of Bradford, Huddersfield and Hull KR so he has a good pedigree and he just wants to start enjoying his rugby again,” Aston told The Star.

“We are delighted that he has agreed to join us. He is a fit lad, he’s very strong and he has a bit of class around dummy-half.

“This lad can play, there is no doubting that and he’s proved that by playing at the top level for a number of years.

“He is in great shape which means he can play longer, he’s very quick out of dummy- half so he will be a great addition to us. We have one or two who look like they may need a break so he will definitely be playing this Sunday.”

Aston has moved quickly to strengthen his side following the news that Aussie Blake South had left The Keepmoat Stadium last week and Carlile is now likely to compete with James Davey and the highly-rated Greg Burns for number nine slot.

“It gives us some support in that position now with James Davey and the lad coming through Greg Burns who I rate very highly,” Aston confirmed.

“The great thing for me is that Keale was very keen to come to Sheffield because there were a number of clubs sniffing around him. When we met we hit it off straight away, this club is all about helping players develop and that’s what we will do with Keale.”

Looking ahead to Sunday’s 3pm kick off at The Keepmoat, Aston confirmed that son Cory and winger Rob Worrincy will miss the game through injury, whilst second-rower Jon Molloy has been recalled by parent club Wakefield.