Sheffield Eagles: Ben looks to make most of Owlerton switch

Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston is excited about Jones' potential
Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston is excited about Jones' potential
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Ben Jones was always on the losing side when he played against Sheffield Eagles, so he’s backed a winner by joining them, writes James Collins.

The prop forward has signed from Dewsbury Rams as the Eagles seek a third successive Championship title.

“Sheffield were very good – they were tough games,” said Jones. “They really contest the ball and take it up well and the outside backs are dangers.

“It’s a very strong team, very well drilled and you could see why they did so well.”

Coach Mark Aston believes the player, at 6ft and 16 stone, will make an impact adding: “Ben’s a tough, uncompromising player with the best years ahead of him.”

The 25-year-old, who had a spell in the Super League with Harlequins, is likely to get an early chance to claim a first team place.

Props Eddie Battye and Liam Higgins are both struggling to be fit for the start of the new season at Owlerton Stadium in February.

“If I get a chance I’ll have to take it and stay in the team,” said Jones. “It’s going to be hard because there are players contesting for positions. I need a good pre-season and I haven’t had that for a couple of years.”

He added: “It would be good to be starting (in the front row) with Mitch Stringer and I want to do well.”