Sheffield Eagles have strengthened their half-back options with the signing of Frenchman Remy Marginet.
The former Featherstone ace will join the Eagles from Lézignan, on a part-time contract until the end of the season.
Marginet, who is set to play in the French Championship Grand Final this weekend, enjoyed a previous spell on English shores with the Flat Cappers in 2015.
Director of rugby Mark Aston admitted he was impressed with Marginet, who he watched during a scouting mission last month.
“He is a confident little half-back,” Aston told The Star.
“He’s cocky, he’s got a good kicking game, he’s a goal-kicker, he’s a field kicker. He has a bit of flair in him which I would expect from a French kid. He has something that we have been looking at for a while, we haven’t rushed into it because there aren’t many about, but we are delighted that Remy has decided to come and join us and I’m sure he’ll offer us plenty.
“I went to watch him play in the French Championship semi-final against Limoux, and they are playing a Grand Final this weekend and that’s against Limoux again.
“He will be over here on June 14th which is couple of weeks away.”
“He’ll certainly add some competition; he’ll stiffen us up a little and give us some options in and around that position.”
Whilst the initial deal is until the end of the season, Aston has also stressed that he is also looking at the possibility of extending into next season.
Marginet harbours long-term ambitions of staying in England, whilst Aston sates he’s also keen to re-establish himself in the French national setup.
“The kid wants to stay over here,” Aston confirmed.
“One of his aims is to get back into the French squad for the World Cup. He’s come to England to keep playing and to give himself that chance, but he also wants to stay over here. He has been over here before and had a spell with Featherstone, and really enjoyed it. His English is a lot better than it was before, I had a coffee with him on the beach in France, and it was quite an easy conversation. He was easy to understand and vice-versa.”
The Eagles face Rochdale this Sunday at Belle Vue (3pm).