WINGER Nev Morrison has signed a new deal that will keep him at Sheffield Eagles next season.
The new one-year contract lifts fears that the 15 tries which the former Hull FC reserve has scored this season would make him a prime target for rival clubs.
“Nev’s been professional in his attitude and has probably surpassed his own expectations this season,” said coach Mark Aston.
“I’m highly delighted he’s staying with us.”
The 22-year-old was spotted by the Eagles during a dual registration loan at Doncaster in 2011.
Aston added: “We identified Nev as a player we wanted and he’s shown that he can handle the Championship. He can be proud of what he’s achieved.”
Morrison played in all 24 games this season until being left out of the team for the 30-26 defeat at Halifax.
He could be recalled for the Eagles game against Championship bottom club Hunslet Hawks at Don Valley tomorrow night (Friday).
Aston admits that his team selection tomorrow won’t be one of the easier ones.
“It’s a tough one, there’s lots of decisions to be made,” he said.
“There were plenty of mistakes in our back five against Halifax. We have to look at that,” said Aston.
Several players are nursing injuries following the Halifax game.
Back row forward or centre Duane Straugheir needed four stitches in a face wound and centre Menzie Yere took a heavy blow to his nose.
“Duane has a cut near his eye but he can play with that,” said Aston. “Menzie had his nose bust but he’s Menzie and he’ll play.”