Sheffield Eagles have the ability to turn around their season if they continue to believe in themselves, says centre George Tyson.
The Eagles showed sparks of improvement in a dogged defensively display in the second half of their Challenge Cup defeat to Wakefield, as they look to take confidence into a tough home fixture with London Broncos.
After a stuttering start to the season, coach Mark Aston has witnessed the best and worst of his side so far. Centre Tyson has been has been one of a number of players that have been in and then out of Aston’s 17, but the former Oldham man still believes the Eagles have the potential to challenge as the season heads towards the summer months.
“We are a good side, we just need to believe in ourselves,” Tyson said. “We have some very skilful players here and when the sun is out and the pitch is drier we can really show what we are about. The game against Wakefield was about us building confidence into our season. Now we need to take the positives from last week and kick on.”
“At times in the first half we weren’t so good, but in the second half we really came together as a team and it showed in the score. They only scored 12 points in the second half, and to be honest we should have restricted them to just six.”
Tyson was one of a number of new arrivals during the close season, joining Adam Neal in making the switch from the part-time environment of Oldham into the Eagles new look full-time ranks.
Whilst the full-time transition hasn’t yet been reflected in performances, the 22-year-old admits he is thoroughly enjoying the professional ranks and has backed himself to flourish in the second tier of rugby league.
“I am really enjoying being part of Sheffield Eagles,” he added.
“I was part-time last year so to be back in a full-time environment is making me a better player and I am looking to crack on now and continue to improve.
“I don’t think I am doing to bad so far. It is obviously a step up from Championship One but I think I am doing okay and I am holding my own against some very experienced operators at this level.”