Crocked Sheffield Eagles star on way back

Rugby League action at the Keepmoat stadium. Sheffield Eagles v Batley Bulldogs. Steve Thorpe taken down
Rugby League action at the Keepmoat stadium. Sheffield Eagles v Batley Bulldogs. Steve Thorpe taken down
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Player of the Year Steve Thorpe remains on course for a pre-season return as he continues to make steady progress from a broken leg.

Thorpe was carried off on a stretcher in the defeat at Widnes with the serious injury which ruled him out of several key games at the back end of last season.

The Aussie recently picked up the Eagles’ Player of the Year gong, as well as the Players’ Player of the Year accolade, and according to director of rugby Mark Aston, he remains on course to return for pre-season training. “There will be no problems” Aston said. “He has gone home for a month, when he comes back he will see the specialist and then I would hope he will be back into full training in a very short space of time.”

Thorpe has been a major hit since arriving on English shores at the start of last season, and is set to be a huge part of the new Eagles era after signing a contract extension almost immediately after joining the club. “He has been outstanding not just as a player but as a person as well,” added Aston.

“Not only did he get the Player of the Year award he also bagged the Players’ Player of the Year award too, which shows you what the lads think of him. We are delighted to have him for a few more years, I know he will be back, he will be strong and he will be big for us going forward.”

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that former Eagles player/coach Jamie Langley has retired from playing and taken up a coaching position with fellow Championship side London Broncos. The former Great Britain international joined the Eagles at the start of last season but after an injury ravaged campaign he was released after being restricted to just 12 appearances.

Langley said in a statement: “A huge thank you to all the wonderful people I have met along the way, the players, coaches, backroom staff and fans from each club that made the journey so memorable.”