Mark Aston joy as Paddy Burns returns to Sheffield Eagles fold

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Sheffield Eagles have completed the signing of utility forward Paddy Burns, as director of rugby Mark Aston confirms fellow new boy Corey Makelim is set for his debut against Leigh tomorrow (3pm).

Sheffield Eagles have completed the signing of utility forward Paddy Burns, as director of rugby Mark Aston confirms fellow new boy Corey Makelim is set for his debut against Leigh tomorrow (3pm).

Burns, a former Eagles academy graduate and brother of hooker Greg, returns to the club on a deal until the end of the season after spells with Castleford and Villeneuve Leopards in France.

The youngster was one of several promising youngsters to depart the Eagles when the club lost their academy.

“Paddy is a great kid. He is one of the fruits of our scholarship,” Aston said.

“He is a local lad, I must stress that he has come through the Sheffield system. He had to leave because our academy got taken away, and he moved on to Castleford, which is another great system.

“He has developed, his body has changed, he has certainly become a man now. He has been over in France after leaving Castleford. I am really looking forward to having him on board.

“That’s the dream, it always has been, to bring through our own. I always thought Paddy was one of the top lads coming through our system until it got pulled, but we are lucky now that he has come back.”

Meanwhile, USA international Makelim is finally set for his Sheffield bow against the Centurions after joining up with his new teammates on Monday.

Aston confirmed he is unlikely to have Matty Costello from St Helens this Sunday, immediately opening a slot at full-back.

“Corey arrived on Monday and trained with us on Tuesday,” Aston confirmed.

“He is excited. He is pumped to be here, meet his teammates and get playing. He will add something to our squad. He’ll be involved Sunday.”

Winger Garry Lo is still a major doubt through sickness, while skipper Matty James is unlikely to be risked.

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