Sheffield Eagles unconcerned about Sam’s injury history

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Sheffield Eagles boss Mark Aston says he is unconcerned by new signing Sam Smeaton’s injury issues over the last two seasons.

The 26-year-old centre barely featured for Featherstone Rovers after sustaining an injury before the 2012 Championship Grand Final against the Eagles, but Aston thinks his character will make him a success in South Yorkshire.

He said: “Sam has a desire to get back to the standard he was at before he got injured. He’s a quality, experienced player; he was touted to be the next kid out of the Championship to make the step up to Super League before he picked up his injury.

“He’s tough, uncompromising and intimidating; he’s a winner. If there’s any kid that come back from an injury like he has had - he is certainly the one. I see him playing alongside Misi Taulapapa, which makes our right edge look very threatening and very potent.”

Aston hasn’t ruled out bringing more new faces into the side despite eight new recruits He joked: “We tried to sign (New Zealand superstar) Fuifui Moimoi but I think Leeds Rhinos might have beaten us to him.”

He added: “We are where we are at the moment; I’m not saying if the right person didn’t come along that we wouldn’t have a look, but we are quite happy with what we have got.

“All the new players have added something different and improved the squad. Competition for places brings out the best in people and it is something we didn’t have enough of last season.