Sheffield Eagles new signing Jake Spedding is certainly warming to the task of Championship rugby league, helped in part by what his coach describes as an ice cold approach to his game.
Spedding joined the Eagles on a one month loan deal from Super League giants St. Helens, and has enjoyed a 100% record in a Sheffield jersey, following back-to-back victories over Swinton Lions and London Broncos.
After just two senior games for the Saints, the 20-year-old has been offered the opportunity to develop his game further in the no holds barred environment of the Championship, leaving Eagles director of rugby impressed with the Leeds-born youngster.
Spedding appears to have adapted seamlessly to his new surroundings, with Aston stating that his unruffled persona is just what his side need as they look to maintain their impressive recent form.
“He is quiet but also really composed for a lad of his age,” Aston informed The Star.
“He is just 20 but for me he plays with a great deal of maturity. I thought he looked really strong defensively, on the edges we are looking really good at the moment and Jake has certainly added massively to that.”
Spedding is one of a cluster of youngsters that have joined the club on loan, as Aston looks to plug the gaps in his threadbare squad with young, enthusiastic players coming out of Super League.
With Reece Dean, formerly of Hull FC but now with Toronto, and Liam Johnson both having the chance to develop their game under Aston’s tutelage, the Eagles have managed to compensate for a shortage of bodies from Leigh Centurions in recent weeks.
With hunger and enthusiasm right at the top of the Aston manifesto, Spedding’s attitude has endeared him to his new coach who has hailed his unflappable style.
“He has bedded in really well and we are really pleased with him,” Aston continued.
“He is a quiet and unassuming lad but he goes about his business in a really controlled manner. He is as cool as ice. I am delighted with him and his approach, and it knits together nicely with someone like a Ben Blackmore who can sometimes be a little erratic. In the two games that they have played they have been very good together.”
The Eagles take on Bradford Bulls at Odsal this Sunday, kick off 3pm.