Sheffield Eagles have swooped for Oldham duo Adam Neal and George Tyson, who become director of rugby Mark Aston’s first close season signings.
Prop Neal has agreed a two-year deal with the club, whilst the versatile Tyson, who can play in the back row or at centre, has agreed a three-year contract.
The arrival of Neal and Tyson is set to be the start of a steady flow of new arrivals as Aston looks to replace a number of club stalwarts who couldn’t make the jump to full-time for next season.
Both Neal and Tyson were key figures as Oldham earned promotion to The Championship, with Aston moving quickly to jump to the front of the queue of a host of reported admirers.
“They have been the two standout players for Oldham last season,” said Aston.
“They have had some success, and that’s what we want, players who have had success.
“When I met them and explained what we wanted to achieve here, and what we saw in them as players, then they wanted to be part of it. They know that Sheffield Eagles are now a serious team that are competing at the top end of the division, and that we are going full-time and the next development for George and Adam is to be in a full-time environment to get the best out of them.”
After starting his career with Warrington Wolves, Neal, 25, made his name at Salford where he racked up almost 50 appearances at Super League level. After taking a break from the game he signed for Oldham in 2014.
Tyson, 21, started his career with Salford before switching to Oldham in 2014, where he and Neal helped the Roughyeds to the Championship One title last season.
“I rate them both very highly,” Aston continued.
“Adam is very similar to Steven Thorpe because he can play big minutes, he is tough and uncompromising. He is certainly in very good physical shape because he is a Personal Trainer, so he has looked after himself.
“There is no doubt that George has got ability. For someone who is just 21 years old he is a fine specimen of an athlete. He is physical, he is tough, he’s quick, athletic and he plays hard. He has all the attributes that you would want in a back-rower, and he has shown that he can play at centre as well.”