Sheffield Eagles tempt trio of old favourites back to boost backroom

Flashback to Sheffield Eagles' Grand Final success  as  captain Jack Howieson  lifts the trophy - now he's back at the club as a coach. Photo: Steve Ellis
Flashback to Sheffield Eagles' Grand Final success as captain Jack Howieson lifts the trophy - now he's back at the club as a coach. Photo: Steve Ellis
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Sheffield Eagles are set to strengthen their backroom team for next season with a trio of former favourites returning to the club.

Following Jamie Langley’s departure as player/coach at the end of the campaign, director of rugby Mark Aston has moved quickly to plug the gap as the Eagles inch closer to a full-time operation starting next month.

Coming back are two veterans from the Eagles’ Challenge Cup winning side, Darren ‘Rocky’ Turner and ex-skipper Paul Broadbent, and 2012 Grand Final winner Jack Howieson.

“Jamie has left the club so on the coaching side there is just me, Keith Senior and David Larder who will be still heavily involved with us,” Aston explained to The Star.

“We are going to fetch Jack Howieson back into the club and start developing him and his coaching ability. Rocky Turner is going to come back into the system and work on the scholarship, whilst Paul Broadbent is going to help coming back to work as a coaching mentor. We are getting the old group back.

“These guys are all red and gold. Their heart is Sheffield Eagles. It is important to have the right people with the right philosophy and principles, but the most important thing is that they love the club.”

Turner, a try scorer for the Eagles in the 1998 Challenge Cup Final success, has previously been a coach with the Eagles. Howieson successfully runs his own coaching academy in the area, whilst Broadbent has held a number of high profile coaching and mentoring positions in the game.