SHEFFIELD Eagles coach Mark Aston has signed a young Super League player in a move to freshen up the squad in the second half of the season.
Hooker James Davey, 22, has joined on a dual registration deal from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and is training with the squad this week.
Davey is the first loan signing of the season and Aston hopes it will give extra tempo to the bid for a top three finish in the league.
“James has played a number of Super League games,” said Aston. “He’s only a slight young man but he’s quick, and there’s something about him. There’s tempo in his game and that’s what we need.”
Aston may include Davey in the 17 for the game against York Knights at Don Valley tomorrow night.
It would give an option off the bench after some stuttering performances by the playmakers in recent games. Davey played 11 games for the Wildcats last year and also had a brief spell at Featherstone Rovers on loan. Under new coach Richard Agar he’s struggled to get a Super League chance this season.
Aston has agreed to forward Alex Rowe going out on a month’s loan to Championship One team Doncaster – a move he believes benefits both clubs.
Rowe, 27, left the Dons to join the Eagles in 2008. He was a first team regular until breaking his left arm in August last year. This season he has struggled to regain his place and has made only seven appearances.
Aston said: “We’ve buddied up with our South Yorkshire friends at Doncaster and we hope it helps them on their final push to get up into the Championship. Alex Rowe needs first team football and can add to them.”
The Eagles Northern Rail Cup semi-final against Halifax to be played at Don Valley on Friday 6 July.