Sheffield Eagles: Flying winger Millar tipped for bright future

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Winger Ryan Millar has a huge future with Sheffield Eagles says director of rugby Mark Aston.

The Birmingham-born speedster showcased his burgeoning talents with a hat-trick in only his second senior game against Hull KR at the weekend, to go with his brace on his full debut in the victory over London Broncos.

It was later revealed that Millar was a last minute inclusion after Sam Smeaton failed a late fitness test on a shoulder problem, with regular winger Scott Turner moving inside to centre.

Aston hailed the latest product off the Eagles’ production line and predicts a big future for his latest star.

“He has been a revelation and he scores tries,” Aston told The Star. “That’s what he has always done. There is more to come from him as he continues to learn and understand the game. He is strong, he is very quick and he is only going to get better. I am very pleased for him because he has worked really hard for his opportunity.

“It was a last minute call for him to be playing. We gave Sam Smeaton as late as possible but he didn’t quite make it and my thoughts were that Ryan is going to be here for the next few years, so let us see where he is at. He has come through our system after joining us three years ago, and successfully worked his way through our Academy.”

With Tuner leaving the club at the end of the season as the club move full-time, there is a spot available in the side with Millar firmly throwing his hat into the ring for next season. Aston believes that a successful pre-season could see his latest starlet play a prominent role for the club going forward.

“He is growing,” Aston added. “He is a shy kid who is originally from Birmingham and he has had to be patient because we have the likes of Misi Taulapapa, Rob Worrincy and Scott Turner who have been great.

“When he has had the opportunity he has taken it with both hands and if he gets a good pre-season behind him with his best mate Keith Senior, and get some education and knowledge, then he is only going to get better.”