Lillycrop set for Eagles

Tom Lillycrop is expected to join Sheffield Eagles
Tom Lillycrop is expected to join Sheffield Eagles
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Sheffield Eagles are expected to announce today that they have signed prop forward Tom Lillycrop from Dewsbury Rams.

Adding the 22-year-old to the squad will boost the front row options which have been looking thin this season.

Lillycrop could make his debut for Eagles in their league game against his old club at Owlerton next weekend.

Coach Mark Aston would not confirm or deny the identity of his target player adding: “We will announce on Tuesday we have a new signing. We certainly need more players with experience.”

Lillycrop fits the profile with a proven track record in the Championship. He joined Dewsbury last year, after spells in the reserve grade at Bradford and Wakefield, playing 23 game but has not appeared in the first team this season.

The Eagles have beaten another Championship club to sign Lillycrop who has been released by the Rams after they signed former Hull FC prop Ewan Dowes last week.

The front row of the pack has lacked depth following the retirement of Liam Higgins and the absence of the injured Eddie Battye. Prop Ben Jones was signed from Dewsbury but has played only one game because of injuries.

Aston has drafted in some of the Eagles young reserves but needs a regular front row partner for captain Mitch Stringer. He has also hinted at further additions to the squad.

Both South Yorkshire’s clubs are in today’ draw for the fourth round of the Challenge Cup.