Player-coach Jamie Langley believes Sheffield Eagles have used their break from competitive action constructively ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Dewsbury Rams.
The game has been moved to Tuesday night following Dewsbury’s 52-10 defeat to Super League outfit Warrington Wolves in the Challenge Cup on Saturday, resulting in a 10- day playing gap for Mark Aston’s Eagles.
After a mini-break the Eagles were back training in preparation for round 13 of the Kingstone Press Championship, and Langley says the break came at a good time for the club.
“We have had a few days off, we reviewed the Doncaster game when we came back and then it was a good opportunity for the strength and conditioning department to do some testing to see where are at,” he told The Star.
“We have tried to freshen the boys up, we are at the mid- point of the season now so we need to keep everyone fresh and try and kick on towards the end of the season.”
Langley arrived at The Keepmoat Stadium during the close season to take up a player/coach role with the Eagles, but he concedes that he is very much focused on playing after having his early season disrupted by injury.
“I am really concentrating on playing at this moment in time and then I’ll help out with the coaching side whenever I can,” he revealed.
“I have been working on the video side, doing some clips for the lads which takes a bit of pressure off Keith (Senior) and Tubbs (Mark Aston).
“It is a learning process for me, it is something that I enjoy and it is something that I would like to pursue full-time after my playing career has finished.”
Knee and groin injuries have resulted in limited playing time this season for the former Bradford ace, but he admits that he is close to feeling 100% again and is ready for a tough evening against Dewsbury tomorrow night.
“I’m getting there slowly but surely,” Langley added.
“I’m starting to get some confidence back now with my knee, but I understand that it can take a little bit of time when you have been out so long.
“I’m really enjoying being back out there now and I am now getting involved in training a little bit more, so things are going well now and hopefully I can keeping building myself up every week.”
The Eagles host Dewsbury at the Keepmoat Stadium tomorrow night, kick off at 8pm.