Sheffield Eagles: Eagles receive Stringer boost

Mitch Stringer
Mitch Stringer

Club skipper Mitchell Stringer will be available again to Sheffield Eagles as they continue their Super 8 campaign at Salford Red Devils tomorrow (5pm).

Stringer has shrugged off a neck problem he sustained in last weekend’s defeat at Leigh Centurions. Misi Taulapapa is also expected to be passed fit to play in the televised clash at the AJ Bell Stadium.

“He (Stringer) will be fine for this weekend, it was a close call against Leigh,” Director of Rugby Mark Aston told The Star.

“We had a few knocks after the game last week, Misi had a nasty cut to his head but there aren’t too many other injuries. We have one or two minor knocks but certainly nothing serious.”

With Stringer fit to return, Aston faces a dilemma on whether to include youngster Connor Scott who was a surprise inclusion at Leigh last weekend.

“He did himself no harm,” Aston said of the 22-year-old’s recent performance.

“It was nice to be able to give him a chance, he has trained well, he is one of our own coming through our system and we wanted to have a look at him. It is a matter of game time for him and that is what we are giving him now.”

Salford have won three of their first four Super 8 fixtures and sit third behind Widnes Vikings and Hull KR in the table. The Red Devils have won their last four fixtures on home soil and will be overwhelming favourites against Aston’s side who have recorded one win from four matches in the Super 8s.

The Red Devils this week confirmed that Super League’s longest serving player and former Great Britain and England international Adrian Morley will end his 20-year playing career at the end of the campaign. Salford will be honouring Morley with a guard of honour before this Sunday’s game.

Aston’s side will be playing on front of the TV cameras for the second time this season, after the fixture was selected for live coverage on Sky Sports. The Eagles were beaten in front of the cameras earlier in the campaign by London Broncos at the Summer Bash.