Sheffield Eagles opens the door to loan move for forward Alex Rowe

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SHEFFIELD Eagles’ coach Mark Aston will allow forward Alex Rowe to go out on loan in a bid to regain his first team place.

The prop has been linked to a move to Championship One club Rochdale Hornets, coached by John Stankevitch - Rowe’s boss at Doncaster.

“If we feel that it’s right for Alex to go out on loan that’s what we will do,” said Aston.

Rowe has been struggling to regain his place after breaking his arm last August. He’s made only seven other appearances this season.

He joined Eagles from Doncaster in 2008 and before this season had played 53 games almost all as an ‘impact’ forward using his power and speed off the bench.

Aston added: “Alex and I have had a conversation about this and if he isn’t playing first-team we won’t stand in his way. If I get a call about a loan I will listen because I don’t want to stop them playing at the highest level.

“If somebody wants to give Alex a loan period in the Championship One then that’s where Alex should be playing not in the U23s.”

Aston expects to have a full squad for the visit of Hunslet to Don Valley in the quarter-final of the Northern Rail Cup tomorrow (7.30pm).