Ben Wade, Sheffield RUFC’s director of rugby, believes Jared Parkinson has the potential to go far in the game after the loosehead prop left the club to rejoin Sheffield Tigers.
Parkinson’s parent club, Rotherham Titans, wanted their prospect to start playing at a higher level after a successful spell at Sheffield, and Tigers completed a temporary deal to bring Parkinson back to Dore Moor late last week.
“It will be good for him to get some rugby at National 2 North level and he will learn a lot under Dan [Richmond, Tigers director of rugby] while he is there,” Wade said.
“He’s a good lad and deserves his chance. He has worked hard since he has been here and leaves with our full support.
“He has huge potential and if he continues on the path he is on then I am in no doubt he will go a long way in the game.”
Parkinson apart, Wade has a fully fit squad to call upon for their game at Malton and Norton this weekend.
Sheffield used their free weekend to get their key players fit for this weekend’s crucial clash, and Wade added: “We have got to start putting victories together. The Malton game is a must-win for us.
“I believe I am starting to get performances out of the players now and, if we can perform how we did against West Hartlepool a couple of weeks back, we will beat Malton.”
Meanwhile, history did not favour Sheffield Tigers going into their game away at Bromsgrove last weekend.
The home team has always won these encounters - and, true to form, Richmond’s side slipped to a 31-19 defeat in Worcestershire.
“We identified their strengths, and the boys were well prepared going into the game,” Richmond said.
“At times we were unable to keep possession and that allowed them into the game.
“But we scored an outstanding try, a try that teams in National 1 North would have been proud of, and every time we get into the opposition’s half, we take points.”
This weekend’s home clash with Harrogate, therefore, is an exciting encounter.
They sit ninth in the table, but have won five of their last seven games after a slow start to the season - and are one of the division’s highest scorers.
Richmond, though, is not fazed by Harrogate’s attacking qualities and said: “Without being disrespectful, each game is different.
“Harrogate play wonderful attacking and expansive rugby, but they have also conceded a lot of points so far this season.
“If they don’t have the ball, they can’t put you under pressure, so we have to show some discipline and control.”