Finigan earns full Eagles deal

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SHEFFIELD Eagles are set to sign Vinny Finigan for 2012 after he spent last season on loan from Bradford Bulls.

The winger has been frozen out by the Super League club but has been a big success at the Eagles. It was his try against Leigh in the play-offs semi-finals that took the Eagles to the Championship Grand Final.

“It’s agreed, this is a good club and I’m looking forward to next year and progressing my career,” said Finigan, who is believed to have signed a one-year deal. “I’ve had a good time with the boys in the squad and we got to a Grand Final which is a positive.”

The 22-year-old was given a full-time contract at the Bulls at the start of last season after scoring four tries in five Super League games in 2010.

He was allowed to join the Eagles on a dual-registration deal but was ignored by new Bulls’ coach Mick Potter when star winger Gareth Raynor was suspended in mid-season.

Finigan, who was named in the Irish squad by Mark Aston for the autumn internationals, sees joining the Eagles a chance to prove Potter wrong.

“All year I didn’t play for Bradford and I think that says a lot,” he said. “I think I deserved a place in the team at some point in the season because I have played well and I was disappointed that I didn’t get my chance.

“I have aspirations to get back into the Super League and that’s what I’ll work for while here. I want to make myself a better player and moving to Sheffield is part of that. Hopefully next season I’ll do well and I’m sure that I’m still capable of playing in the Super League.”

For much of last season Finigan battled with Danny Mills for a starting spot. He played 20 games for the Eagles, scoring seven tries.