Double signing boost for Sheffield Eagles

Sheffield Eagles' Garry Lo breaks through Workington's defence. Picture: Andrew Roe
Sheffield Eagles' Garry Lo breaks through Workington's defence. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Sheffield Eagles have completed the signings of Catalans Dragans duo Stan Robin and Thibaut Margalet on loan until the end of season.

Both will join up with Mark Aston’s squad over the weekend, but they won’t be available for the crunch clash with Featherstone Rovers on Friday (8pm).

Robin, 25, will provide some experience to half-back area and looks set to compete with youngsters Cory Aston and Dave Hewitt, whilst prop forward Margalet will further strengthen Aston’s hand ahead of a crucial run of games.

Director of rugby Aston welcomed the additions, who join fellow new recruit Nathan Chappell who signed for the club on Wednesday also on a deal until the end of the campaign.

“It’s great to secure the services of Stan and Thibaut until the end of the season,” Aston said.

“Stan is a well-developed and experienced full back but he’s struggled to gain a place in the Dragons side with the likes of Richie Myler, Todd Carney and Thomas Bosc ahead of him.

“Thibaut is great, young prop, huge and physical and has a bright future in the sport but again, with Catalan performing so well in the Super League, he has struggled to get a place in the starting squad.

“I’d like to thank Catalan for their assistance with these signings and we look forward to welcoming them to the club later this week.”

Meanwhile, Aston was given a further boost with over the fitness of duo Steve Thorpe and Garry Lo after both were included in the 19 man squad for Friday’s game with Featherstone.

Thorpe was a doubt after picking up a dead leg in last weekend’s defeat against Swinton Lions, whilst Lo has been missing for several weeks because of a reoccurring shoulder issue.

There is no place for half-back Rhys Jacks as Aston looks to make changes to his stuttering side.

“We have again looked to give Garry (Lo) a full week of preparation and we’ll see how he is for Friday night which is again another massive test for us,” Aston said.

“We are where we are, we need to get a bit of energy and luck. We have to keep working hard to get out of this hole. It is not nice, it is something we are not used to, hopefully we can find our feet again.”