Battye battles back into Eagles squad

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Eddie Battye is in Sheffield Eagles’ squad for the first time this season for the game at Batley Bulldogs.

The prop forward has battled back to fitness following breaking a foot early in last season’s Championship Grand Final win over Batley.

Half-back Cory Aston, centre or back rower Lelauloto Tagaloa and hooker James Davey are also added to the squad for tomorrow’s game (kick-off 2pm).

Coach Mark Aston is seeking the right blend after two home defeats.

He said: “There’s no crisis at the club but the players have to take on a full 80 minutes.

“Over the last few games we’ve learned what happens if you don’t do that.

“Against Featherstone and Doncaster we’ve got ourselves in a position to win games and the disappointment is we didn’t.”

Batley will be desperate to ease their supporters’ fears after a defeat at Barrow sent them into the relegation places.

The Bulldogs’ sloping pitch is a challenge for visiting teams but the Eagles have won there in the league in the last five seasons.

Aston said: “They are big and strong, and at home. They have threats and the way we’ve been playing we can’t take anyone lightly. But we have to focus on some of the things we need to be a bit better at to win games. We can’t worry about the opposition; we have to get our own house in order.”