SHEFFIELD Eagles will be on red alert against the threat from two former players with a point to prove when they play Toulouse Olympique.
Hooker Craig Cook and forward Ged Corcoran were axed from the Eagles squad at the end of last season and joined the French club.
They will have the chance to make coach Mark Aston regret his decision when the teams meet tomorrow. Corcoran will have the added incentive of putting his case to new Ireland coach Aston for a recall to the national squad.
“I have a lot of respect for Ged and what he can do on a rugby field,” said Aston. “It wasn’t an easy job for me to go and tell him that it might be better if he looked for another club. Ged’s playing every week now and I’m sure there will be nothing more in his mind than to have a big game and put down a marker to get back in the Ireland squad.”
Cook scored 20 tries for the Eagles last season but was edged out of the squad by the signing of Scottish international Andrew Henderson.
The former Doncaster number nine missed the Eagles 34-16 win over Toulouse at Bramall Lane in March but is fit again after a knee injury.
Aston said: “It was a tough decision but when I look at Hendo, the way he plays typifies what we want at the club, he’s a champion player. Hendo is committed and still wants to be the best.”
“I wanted a leader and he does that from the front. Craig is a really crafty hooker and from dummy half close to the line he will always score tries but we’ll be ready for him.”
Eagles head into tomorrow’s game at Toulouse seeking a third win on the spin, having racked up 110 points and conceded just 24 against Hunslet and Dewsbury.
Loan forward Jamie Cording, who played in those games, has been recalled by Huddersfield Giants opening up a place in the 17.
Reserve hooker Pat Smith could get the call to give Andrew Henderson a spell on the bench or Aston may turn to a forward in either Eddie Battye or Sam Scott.