New boy can only improve says Eagles chief Aston

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Director of Rugby Mark Aston believes new signing John Davies will only get better after he made his Sheffield Eagles’ debut in the victory at Whitehaven.

There was no easy introduction for the big second-rower who was plunged straight into the trenches at Whitehaven after missing the opening two rounds of the season through injury.

The former Batley powerhouse showed his skills and adaptability in sapping conditions as the Eagles recorded their first win on the road at the Recreation Ground.

Aston praised his close season capture for getting himself in a position to play after a frustrating start to his Eagles’ career.

“He is a quality player, we have always known that,” Aston said of the 24-year-old.

“The skills he showed at times in the Whitehaven game were excellent and we are delighted for John because he has worked tremendously hard to get into shape.

“Credit must go to Nick Ward [Elite Performance Manager] who has done a great job with him and John himself has put the hours in so he was in a position to get back quicker. John is a smart footballer and I really like that about him. He isn’t just a ball under the arm and run at them type of player; he can play football and use his brain.”

Despite being forced to conform to conditions at Whitehaven Aston believes Davies will show his true potential with a clash against his former club on the horizon at the Keepmoat this Sunday.

“He was excellent at Whitehaven but the conditions didn’t really suit him. When he gets on the firm surfaces he will undoubtedly be a big danger.

“He has a bit of punch and thrust about him whilst he can also play too and that’s why we have brought him to the club. It was great to have him back last weekend and we have others fighting their way back too.”

Aston also revealed that he is closing in on a new contract for a member of his current squad, with a deal set to be finalised by the end of this week: “We have been working hard behind the scenes on one or two things and on Friday we are looking to announce a re-signing,” he said.

“Who is it? Wait and see for Friday.”

Meanwhile, members of the local community will be able to find out more about the Eagles’ planned new home at the multi-million pound Olympic Legacy Park. The event at the English Institute of Sport will take place at 6pm on Thursday March 12.