SHEFFIELD STEELERS: Testing time for old man Tait

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ASHLEY TAIT will have team-mates scrambling for his job if he fails to come back unscathed from serious injury.

The winger - 37 next month - missed the run-in last season and has rehabilitating all summer but is now determined to compete for his influential spot on the forward line.

But Rob Wilson, former club captain and now a coach in Italy, says that Tait’s position will be under threat unless he proves he is the force of the past.

“It will be a huge year for Ashley, he’s coming off a big injury and it will be interesting to see how the body repaired and he reacts, there are young guns wanting his job and his money. I love Ash though, he never lets you down, the same with Jonathan Phillips and Jason Hewitt” said Wilson.

Generally, the SV Renon coach is impressed with the roster coach Ryan Finnerty has assembled. “Its a return to the Super League; the team is the best since the Grand Slam of 2001. It’s a massive upgrade on last year. Steelers have raised the bar and made the likes of Coventry, Cardiff, Nottingham and Belfast follow.

“The forward line has goals from Legue, Pecker and Shields. Energy from Limpright and Michel, experienced grit in Goertzen plus the best Brit pack in the Elite League. There is pressure on Finnerty; he’s been given the keys to a Rolls Royce.”