Sheffield Eagles’ own superhero Mitch ‘Batman’ Stringer is back on call after his heroics during the Rugby League World Cup.
The prop forward, who has a massive tattoo of the Caped Crusader and his rivals on his right arm, has started pre-season training after a short break following helping Scotland to the quarter-finals.
The Eagles captain is looking forward to laying down the law when the team kicks-off at Owlerton Stadium in the new season.
“I loved the World Cup. Great lads in the squad, nice to have a different perspective and to challenge yourself against some of the best players in the world,” he said.
“But a week off after the World Cup, that’s enough for me,” he said. “I can’t wait to start in February.”
He added: “Owlerton is quite a small pitch which will suit us with our forwards -based game and quick play.
“The Eagles started there 30 years ago, before I was born, so there’s a bit of history there and hopefully it will help bring back the fans.””
Barnsley-based Stringer will lead a squad that includes just two new signings as it targets a hat-trick of Championship titles.
“We’ve shown we can win things over the last couple of years.
“The balance [in the squad] is good.”