Sheffield Eagles will finally get some pre-season game action thanks to Andrew Henderson’s testimonial.
The game at York City Knights has come to the rescue after the club was forced to pull out of the trip to play Limoux in the South of France.
It gives the first team squad a much-needed test and Eagles fans a chance to pay tribute to hooker Henderson who has helped the club to back-to-back Championship titles.
“I’m really looking forward to the game,” said Henderson. “It’s fantastic to be recognised in this fashion with a testimonial.
“It’s unfortunate it can’t be played in Sheffield and I’m really grateful to York for offering to play at their place.
“I hope the Sheffield fans will travel in numbers and support me and the team in our first competitive fixture of the year.
“York’s coach is putting out his strongest side. It’ll be two full strength teams a week away from the start of the season and the last chance of game time.”
Sunday’s game is being played at the Huntington Stadium, York (kick-off 3pm), because work is still in progress on getting Owlerton ready for the start of the new season.
Coach Mark Aston’s priority is preparing for the league opener against Rochdale Hornets next Sunday on Eagles’ return to the stadium where the club began in 1984.
Aston said: “We need to have as many of the first team regulars playing. It’s a chance for people to stand up and make a name for themselves.”
Winger Misi Talupapa has arrived back from New Zealand and plays. New signing Ben Jones has the chance to start a front row partnership with last season’s Championship player of the year Mitch Stringer.
Matt Garside and Corey Hanson will be in the spotlight to partner Menzie Yere in the centres with USA international Lelauloto Tagaloa still waiting for a UK visa. Connor Scott, new signing Jack Blagbrough and on loan Matty Hadden can stake a claim.