INTERNATIONAL centre Menzie Yere will return to boost Sheffield Eagles hopes of making their first Championship Grand Final.
The Papua New Guinea star is free to play at Leigh Centurions tomorrow after serving a two-match suspension.
That leaves coach Mark Aston with the decision on who he leaves out of the team that has battled to the play-off semi-final.
“It’s no headache having Menzie back, the boys have done so well but we are a squad and we’ll pick the team to win at Leigh and if that includes Menzie all well and good,” said Aston.
Samoan star Misi Taulapapa and Norfolk Park teenager Corey Hanson have been outstanding in the centres against Widnes and Halifax.
The case for an instant recall for Yere is almost impossible to counter. The centre is rated one of the most ferocious tacklers in world rugby league. He was nicknamed ‘Jukebox’ – because he has all the big hits – by the Australian media for his performances in the Four Nations Tournament last year.Linking Yere with Taulapapa – who has scored tries in the two play-off games - in an all-international centre pairing is an exciting prospect for the clash at the Sports Village.
Yere scored two tries in the Eagles 26-24 win at Leigh in the first round of the play-offs last season.
Leigh will also remember that a tackle by Yere on Robbie Hunter-Paul in a game earlier this season sidelined the veteran Kiwi star for a couple of months.
Aston added: “Menzie’s return is something we will have to make a decision on in the next couple of days. Menzie has played at the highest level and you only have to look what he did to Australia last year. He’s fresh and rested. It’s a bonus that we’ve got him.”
Yere will come into a team that in the 50-12 win over Halifax played its best rugby of the season. Aston said: “There’s a lot of positives and all the guys should take a lot out of that win and from their individual performances.”