Skipper Howieson signs 12-month deal for Eagles

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SHEFFIELD Eagles club captain and longest serving player Jack Howieson has signed a new contract for next season.

The Scottish international prop forward joined Eagles as a student at Hallam University in 2000 and has played 236 first team games.

Coach Mark Aston said: “Jack has signed a 12-month deal and we’re delighted.

“It’s been a great story, Jack came here as a student and achieved a massive amount. He’s been the captain for years, played in a World Cup in Australia for Scotland and had a testimonial at the club.”

Howieson, 30, was in outstanding form last season leading the club to their first ever Championship Grand Final. With fellow Scottish international Mitch Stringer he has formed a formidable partnership as starting props.

One of those seeking to take Howieson’s role Ryan Hepworth has also agreed a new one-year deal.

A former Royal Marine Hepworth, 30, made a late entry into the professional game with Eagles in 2007 but is now nearing 100 first team games.

“Ryan wasn’t happy with his performances last season but I thought he went okay,” said Aston.

“I’m delighted by that attitude because he’ll be adding to the competition for places and challenging Jack Howieson for his starting shirt.