Slimline Stringer sets sights on regular first-team spot at Eagles

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FORWARD Mitch Stringer is sticking to a strict diet as he aims to build on a storming comeback game for Sheffield Eagles.

Stringer came off the bench against Doncaster and almost instantly helped set up a try before scoring one himself just before half-time.

“I lost five kilos (11 lbs) last week and I need to lose another five to get back close to my playing weight– about 108 kilos (17stone). It should be quite easy for me now I’m back in full training,” he said. “I’m weight watching it’s quite hard training on no carbs but I’ve got to do it.”

Stringer had a knee operation at the end of last season but delays over a decision on whether he also needed surgery on a shoulder problem delayed his return. It saw the big Barnsley-based forward pile on the unwanted pounds.

Against Doncaster he came off the substitutes bench and put in a solid 50 plus minutes in the 56-12 win which booked the Eagles’ place in the knockout stage of the Northern Rail Cup.

Coach Mark Aston said: “What you get with Mitch is an experienced campaigner, you can hear him out there, he drags people into play and he’s a smart footballer and he adds so much to this squad because you don’t know what he is going to do.

“Mitch will be getting plenty of game time again.”

Stringer has been in gym each morning this week putting in some hard sessions to make sure he features against York at Don Valley tomorrow night.

He added: “I enjoyed being out there playing. I want to keep that up now – a bit more fitness required, the last five minutes I was feeling it a bit. I’ll be in training four times this week to try and do double what the lads are doing to catch up.”