Sheffield Eagles:

Mark Aston
Mark Aston

Sheffield Eagles have been dealt a blow ahead of Sunday’s clash with Workington Town following the departure of Aussie hooker Blake South.

South, a close season capture from North Sydney Bears, didn’t feature in the opening four rounds of the Kingstone Press Championship, but Director of Rugby Mark Aston had hinted that he could be in line to make his Eagles’ bow against Workington this Sunday.

Despite being on the cusp of his first start the 22-year-old has returned home for ‘personal reasons’.

“It is disappointing because he came here to try and get his career back on track but his circumstances have meant he has to go back,” Aston told The Star.

“I am gutted for him because he was starting to develop nicely and was almost ready to start playing. For personal reasons he has to go home but he has learnt a lot while he has been here and we wish him well.”

Aston has indicated that he is likely to make changes after an uncharacteristic performance against Batley last Sunday.

And despite the win he is expected to re-shuffle his pack with second-row Ben Musolino pushing for a start at struggling Workington.

“We were a little short of the mark last week and I was quite brutal on Tuesday when we reviewed the game. They have responded well in training and we had to because Workington are a very good team, they have beaten Doncaster quite comfortably at home and for the majority of the game against London they were also impressive.

“They have a good relationship with Wigan which has allowed them to bring in some good players on dual registration. You cannot underestimate them; they have a lot of quality so it will be a tough game.”

James Davey has been passed fit after dislocating his finger on Sunday, whilst a late decision on Michael Knowles is likely to be made after he broke a bone in his hand which ruled him out of the victory over Batley. Wakefield loanee Jon Molloy is still sidelined with an ankle injury.

“James (Davey) is a tough kid and he is desperate to play,” confirmed Aston. “He is a player that will push himself through the pain barrier, he’s trained all week and I don’t see a problem for him, I expect he will be fine.”