Sheffield Eagles boss wants to be excited by his team

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Second-rower John Davies is closing in on a return to fitness as Sheffield Eagles prepare for Sunday’s showdown with Whitehaven.

Davies, a close season capture from Batley Bulldogs, has had to sit out Eagles’ first two Championship fixtures along with fellow new recruit Jamie Langley.

Director of Rugby Mark Aston bolstered his ranks with the loan signing of Jon Molloy from Wakefield Wildcats prior to last Sunday’s 40-6 triumph over London Broncos. The Eagles’ supremo could soon be further boosted with the return of Davies who has potentially been earmarked for the Cumbrian trip.

“I think he may have a chance,” Aston told The Star. “He has trained flat out over the last couple of weeks and he’s getting closer. He has something to offer this club there is no doubt about that; he can be such a threat on the edge. He has a chance but if he is fit he has to be selected. With the way we played against London Broncos it will be tough to make changes.”

Former Bradford Bulls star Langley, who is combining his playing duties with a coaching role at The Keepmoat, has had a minor setback in his recovery but Aston is hoping a return isn’t too far away. “Jamie has had a minor reaction to the work we’ve done with him so we pulled back a little. We are hoping to have him back running shortly and he could be in action in two to four weeks.”

Other injury victim Mitchell Stringer remains a long term doubt and his recovery will be gauged following a visit to see a surgeon on a troublesome ankle problem.

“Mitch was doing well and we thought this issue was clearing up but then it has flared up again. We will have a look at that and then be guided by the surgeon. If he says he will then need surgery to sort it out then that’s what we’ll do. We are going to get injuries but players will come back. When we have everyone back available to us it will be very interesting, we will have to pick a team which will be tough but that really does excite me.”