Eagles star Tony hopes to play against old club

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Sheffield Eagles’ Tony Tonks will be hoping for a recall to the side ahead of the Bank Holiday clash with his former club Featherstone Rovers (6pm).

The prop was left out of the Eagles’ 17 for the midweek victory over South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster, as Director of Rugby Mark Aston looked to keep his squad fresh for their third game in nine days.

Tonks enjoyed a two-year stint at Post Office Road between 2009 and 2011 before spells with Huddersfield and Halifax.

He signed for the Eagles during the close season and has played a vital role in their rise to second place in the Kingstone Press Championship after seven consecutive victories in all competitions.

The likebale prop is now hoping to be back involved as the Eagles prepare for a stern examination of their top four credentials against Tonks’ former employers.

“I was told I deserved a rest after the last five or six games so I was happy to sit out and get ready for what is a big game on Monday, and a big game for myself,” the 29-year-old told The Star.

“This game against Featherstone is a massive game for me personally because since I left there I haven’t beaten them.

“There is a little personal pressure on for me because I feel that I need to get that feather in my cap by beating Featherstone for the first time.”

Tonks has slotted seamlessly into the Eagles’ set-up and admitted that he is relishing the competition for places at the Keepmoat Stadium which has seen a number of different combinations already this season.

“Competition is healthy with Thorpey (Steve Thorpe) and Eddie (Battye) doing well and Mitch (Stringer) coming back to fitness,” he said.

“And we have two young kids in Connor Scott and Blags (Jack Blagbrough) who are really up and coming so you have to keep looking over your shoulder.

“There is pressure on us props to play well with what looks like a hard month for us in April against the top teams so we have to be on our toes and get our jobs done.”

The Eagles travel Featherstone for a 6pm start, with league leaders Leigh Centurions on Sunday followed by their Challenge Cup fifth round clash with Hull FC at Bramall Lane which has been confirmed for Sunday April 19 (3pm).