Sheffield Eagles: Matty Fozard looking to sign off in style

Matty Fozard is to leave Sheffield Eagles. Picture: Alex Coleman
Matty Fozard is to leave Sheffield Eagles. Picture: Alex Coleman

Matty Fozard heads the list of departing players as Sheffield Eagles look to sign off the 2018 season in style against relegation-threatened Rochdale Hornets.

Fans’ favourite Fozard departs the Eagles after three successful seasons, with the Welsh-international set to go full-time with an as yet unnamed fellow Championship club.

The Eagles also confirmed that key performer Joshua Toole is also set to depart, with director of rugby Mark Aston stating recently he was making a sustained effort to keep hold of the Irish international.

Aston also confirmed veteran centre Menzie Yere could return next season in a reduced playing capacity, with a decision pending on his residency.

Half-backs Simon Brown and Oscar Thomas are also leaving, with the likes of Mark Offerdahl, Jon Magrin, Max Garcia and Iliess Macani all previously confirmed departures.

Sunday’s showdown at the OLP, which has seen adult prices reduced to just £5, is their last opportunity to go out in style after four straight defeats in the Super 8s.

“I know some of them will really want to end with a win,” Aston told The Star.

“It will be an emotional game for some of the players who have been with us through the tough times who will be leaving us.

“We have made it £5 for adults and free for kids, it is a great offer. We just want to say thank you to the fans for being with us, and try and entice few more with next season in mind where I will guarantee we'll be adding some quality players.

“We are going to be playing a desperate team that have seen an opportunity to stay up and send Swinton down. A desperate team is a very dangerous team. I would hope that we can be desperate, that we can show a bit more commitment to signing off with a performance and a victory as well.”

Rochdale are level on points with Swinton with the bottom club facing automatic relegation to League One, with the 11th placed team set for a play-off to stay in the second tier.

Aston says his skipper Matty James has a chance of being available after missing last weekend’s defeat to Barrow with a hand injury, and is hopeful of adding St Helens ace Jake Spedding should he not make the Super League side’s 17.

Meanwhile, dual-registration ace Matty Costello picked up the coveted Championship’s Young Player of Year award for his impact with the Eagles this season.