A QUARTET of Sheffield Eagles’ players stepped out to show off the club’s new first team kit.
The mainly red home shirt featuring a white ‘V’ with gold edging replaces last year’s red and white hoops. The team will also wear red shorts.
The kit will see its first action when the Eagles play York City Knights in their final Northern Rail Cup group game on Friday.
The away shirts are dark grey with a white ‘V’ and red edging. Both kits carry the club’s major Sheffield-based sponsors’ branding.
Hooker Andrew Henderson is sure the new shirts will be popular with the fans. “I like the vee and it’s an improvement on last years. The red shorts are something different,” he said.
The shirts are skin-tight to make it more difficult for opponents to complete tackles. Henderson added: “It’s got to be like that, if you have a baggy jersey it’s easier for players to grab you when you’re making a break. It can make the difference between making that finishing break or scoring a try.
“That’s important for someone like me but one or two of the bigger boys won’t be so happy about it being skin-tight because it might show a bit of ‘excess baggage’ early in the season.”
Coach Mark Aston will demand the players give the shirts a winning start and go unbeaten in four Rail Cup group games. York are the only other unbeaten team in pool B. The Eagles beat Doncaster 56-12 and York squeezed past Gateshead 26-24.
Aston said: “We’re not going to get carried away. We went to Doncaster and the lads did the job I asked but only for 40 minutes. In the second half we were poor.”
Meanwhile, Eagles back-row forward Michael Knowles is expected to be out for three weeks after chipping a bone in his left wrist against Leigh a week ago.