Rugby league: Battye set for Eagles return at the Cougars

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Prop forward Eddie Battye is given an instant call up to Sheffield Eagles first team at Keighley Cougars tomorrow.

The 21-year-old signed a new deal at the club this week after playing in the French league with Villeneuve Leopards. Coach Mark Aston said: “We need to see where Eddie is after coming back from France. He deserves his chance.”

Battye, from Oxspring, is a product of the Eagles development system and has played seven senior games since making his debut in 2008.

His chance comes after long-serving prop Jack Howieson retired as a player this week. Forwards Alex Szostak and Peter Green are also in line for a recall. Experienced forward Liam Higgins had been expected to start against Keighley but pulled up during training with a calf strain.

Ben Glendill, on loan from Salford Reds, is available but Aston is likely to select players who will be available for the fourth round Challenge Cup game against Halifax in two weeks time.

Meanwhile Eagles shareholders yesterday backed a plan that increases limit on shares that can be issued is to be trebled to 750,000. It is hoped to attract new investment to boost the club in the aftermath of the closure of Don Valley Stadium later this year.