Sheffield Eagles: Knowles takes over from Hirst

editorial image
Have your say

Michael Knowles is to be handed a key role at loose-forward for Sheffield Eagles as they kick off their season tomorrow.

He’ will switch from the second row to cover for regular 13 Joe Hirst, who is out with a knee injury.

Coach Mark Aston believes Knowles is ideally suited to a “freer role”: “”Michael is a very talented footballer and I’ve said to him that his best position is 13; he needs to get his head around that.

“”He has a kicking game, a passing game and he’’s an intelligent footballer and at 13 he gets a bit of a free role. We need him to settle into it.””

A waterlogged pitch at Owlerton forced the postponement of the opening game and Aston wants the boost of a win over Swinton at Leigh Sports Village, kick-off 3pm.

Hirst has joined prop forward Eddie Battye as the long-term injured.

Aston said: “”He needs his knee sorting out, it’’s a long-term thing and needs surgery.” There is cover in the back row with Peter Green, Duane Straugheir, Matt Garside and loan signing Will Hope, from Salford.

Back to the top of the page