Mitch ‘Batman’ Stringer has the bad guys from the big city in his sights.
The Sheffield Eagles’ captain will be on the prowl to enforce the law against London Broncos in the Challenge Cup tonight.
Barnsley-lad Stringer is a massive fan of the Caped Crusader – happy to carry the nickname and a colourful tattoo of Batman characters on his arm. “I think everyone’s into Batman,” said. “It’s been a thing for me since I was a kid and it’s my 30th birthday soon; no doubt I’ll get Batman stuff.” The prop forward – who has agreed a new three-year deal - will be leading the charge at Don Valley and he’s sure his hero would swoop to the Eagles aid against the Super League stars.
“Batman’s on the side of the underdogs. If selected Batman will be playing for the Eagles and we’ll have Robin at fullback! I don’t know if I’ll be the enforcer but I’ll try and keep our boys in control and on the game plan.”
Stringer knows the challenge having played 29 games for the Broncos early in his career before returning to the Eagles.
Stringer said: “It’s going to be a great night. We’ve got a chance if we play well.
“It will be tough but they won’t be looking forward to come here. They’ve got good players, Luke Dorn and Tony Clubb the captain was there when I was in London. Tony was a winger and just come through the Academy player, now he’s a forward so I’ll be seeing him.”
Coach Mark Aston believes the spirit of ’98 team that beat Wigan in the Challenge Cup final is with his players.
“This group of people are very similar to those we had when we beat Wigan,” he said.
Second row forward Michael Knowles faces a late fitness test but top try scorer Menzie Yere has recovered from a groin strain.
Aston faces decisions on his forwards. Duane Straugheir is set for a recall with Eddie Battye, Liam Higgins and Colton Roche vying for the final places in the 17.
Eagles are set to announce new contracts for five players. Stringer (three years), Scott Turner and Duane Straugheir (two), Andrew Henderson and Menzie Yere (one).