Sheffield Eagles: Davey roars back to lay claim on hooker role

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James Davey - Sheffield Eagles
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James Davey has the chance to put himself in pole position for the hooker’s role at Sheffield Eagles.

He was recalled to the team against Leigh and scored try that almost produced a shock victory over the unbeaten league leaders.

“James had a great game, he hasn’t played for three or four weeks but he’s trained like a champion and he’s got his justified results by playing,” said coach Mark Aston.

“It’s great for us to have him back to where we need him. We decided to give him that chance and he took it. He gave us a boost with the speed and intensity we needed.”

Davey has been a regular back up to Andrew Henderson since joining the Eagles in 2012 from Wakefield but has struggled to keep his place this season.

The 24-year-old has often found himself squeezed out of the substitute role this season with the arrival of Gareth Owen on loan from Salford Red Devils.

His performance in the narrow defeat at Leigh looks set to see him in the 17 against North Wales Crusaders at Owlerton on Sunday (kick-off 2pm).

The determination to take the game to Leigh was the team performance Aston had been seeking.

He has the bonus of a debut for Kyle Briggs signed from Featherstone Rovers this week.

Aston said: “There were one or two still not playing but recently I’ve talked about only three players being very good this time there were maybe 12 to 15 who were very good.”