EXPERIENCED full-back Jonny Woodcock has won his fitness battle and will rejoin Sheffield Eagles at a vital stage of the season.
It ends a long haul by the 29-year-old to recover following major knee reconstruction surgery and further injury setbacks this year.
Woodcock and teenage centre Tom Ashton have been given contracts until the end of the season by coach Mark Aston ahead of tonight’s signings deadline.
It adds depth to the squad as the Eagles go into the final run-in to secure a top-six finish and a place in the play-offs.
“Jonny has come through a couple of reserve-team games well and I want to get him on a full contract,” said Aston. “It will be good to have him around with some big games coming up.”
The Eagles go into a daunting run of four away games with a trip to Leigh Centurions on Sunday.
Woodcock, a teacher at Brinsworth Comprehensive School, joined the Eagles from Doncaster at the start of the 2006 season and played more than 100 first-team games, scoring 918 points.
A knee injury restricted him to only seven games last year and he returned to the club on a trial contract this season but was then hit by a further setback.
Woodcock said: “There’s competition for places with Misi Taulapapa playing well and I’ll have to wait for my chance, but I want to be playing first-team rugby.”
Ashton, 19, a centre, was given a contract after only six reserve-team games in which he has scored eight tries.
He came through the amateur game at Leigh Miners Rangers and was spotted by the Eagles playing rugby union for Preston Grasshoppers.