Experienced Woodcock ponders Eagles return

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FULLBACK Jonny Woodcock is close to returning to Sheffield Eagles’ squad after coming through a comeback game.

Woodcock played his first game for nearly a year for the reserves against York City Knights last Friday and says he will now review his progress. “I’ll have to see how it goes, then talk to Mark Aston (Eagles’ coach) and take it from there,” he said.

Woodcock spent most of last season recovering from major knee surgery and decided to take time off to consider his future.

He didn’t join pre-season training but in recent weeks has been working with the Eagles conditioner Nick Ward and has been training with the senior squad.

Woodcock played the full 80 minutes against York reserves and kicked four goals in the 50-24 defeat.

Aston would welcome Woodcock’s return but says the player – who made 107 appearances and scored more that 350 points for the club starting in 2006 – has to make the final decision.

Woodcock would give an experienced option at fullback. Aston started the season with university student Jamie Cottle at fullback and new signing Quentin Laulu-Togagae took over in the win at York but may be needed to cover other positions.

Eagles appear to have parted company with back rower Scott Watson who they signed from Doncaster at the start of the season.

Watson made substitute appearances in the first three Rail Cup games but has been missing from training in recent weeks. Aston said: “I’ve not seen him, as far as I am concerned he has gone.”