Eagles eye full deal for Finigan

Six tries: Vinny Finigan
Six tries: Vinny Finigan
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WINGER Vinny Finigan is a signing target for Sheffield Eagles after spending the season on loan at the club.

A dual registration signing from Bradford Bulls, Finigan has played 16 games scoring six tries.

If the Super League club decide not to offer the 22 year old a new contract Eagles boss Mark Aston will make a move.

“Vinny’s a good kid and he’s certainly a player we would like around here next year. I’m hoping to talk to him in the next couple of weeks,” he said.

A former Sports Science student at Leeds Met University, Finigan was given a full-time contract by Bulls last year after scoring four tries in five Super League games.

But it was centre Jason Crookes, also on loan at the Eagles, who was called back by Bulls’ new coach Mick Potter when winger Gareth Raynor was suspended.

The start of September allows approaches to be made to players at other clubs and Aston is lining up possibilities.

He’s also talking to current squad members about new deals. Senior players out of contract at the end of the season include forwards Peter Green, Jack Howieson, Dane McDonald, Joe Hirst, Ryan Hepworth and backs Simon Brown, Tim Bergin and Jonny Woodcock.

Aston said: “I want to keep the squad together. I’d like another half-back and a couple of outside backs – there are areas we need to strengthen.”

Aston expects to have an almost fully fit squad available for the final league game of the season against relegation threatened York City Knights at Bramall Lane on Sunday, (3pm).

Loose forward or half-back Dane McDonald is recovering well from a shoulder injury and prop Jack Howieson could be fit to return after a hamstring strain.