Liam ignores offers to return to his old club

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SHEFFIELD Eagles have added extra power to their front row with Liam Higgins rejoining from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Doncaster-born Higgins played eight games for the club at the start of last season before moving back to the Super League.

Wakefield’s new coach Richard Agar released Higgins and Eagles boss Mark Aston has moved swiftly with a one-year deal.

“Liam had plenty of other offers from other clubs in the Championship but he had a good time here last year” said Aston. “Last season we were just starting to see the best of Liam when Wakefield came in for him. I’m delighted he’s back.”

Higgins, 28, played for Hull FC and Castleford Tigers, where he made more than 100 appearances, before his brief spell at the Eagles last season. At Wakefield he played 16 Super League games last season.

He said: “It’s been a bit of whirlwind but Mark came in and I’m happy to be back. I’d signed a contract at Wakefield but the new coach came in and I wasn’t part of his plans. I’m looking forward to the season.”

Higgin’s first game is likely to be at Wakefield when the Eagles face the Wildcats on January 6. That game was part of the deal that took him to Wakefield in March. Aston now has one of the strongest and most experienced sets of props in the Championship.

“You always want four or five props and there’s still scope for young lads like Eddie Battye and Dan Hawksworth to get a shot,” he said. “We now have a strong front row and that’s important to us. Liam’s a South Yorkshire lad and at the age when props are reaching their peak and we hope that he will be part of Sheffield Eagles for a few more years.”