FORWARD Mitch Stringer is enjoying doing plenty of overtime for Sheffield Eagles.
Front rowers can expect recovery time on the bench but Coach Mark Aston is using Stringer in long spells.
It has helped the Eagles to a six-match winning run and gained the Scottish international the player of the round after the Eagles last game.
“I’m just doing what Mark asks me to do,” said Stringer.
“I’m playing more minutes now, Mark’s leaving me on for 60-70 minutes. I prefer playing lots of minutes, you get your second wind.”
Stringer believes he is benefiting from being on international duty last autumn followed swiftly by the start of the club’s pre-season training.
“I had a full pre-season after playing with Scotland then going straight through with the Eagles,” he said.
“I’ve been doing a lot of weights and not having a break helped me not put weight on – now I’m about 16 and a half stone and I’m feeling good for that.”
Aston added: “Mitch was rightly the Championship players of the last round - for me he’s been the best forward in the competition this season.”
Barnsley-based Stringer is hoping to be kept busy over Easter when the Eagles play two games starting with Doncaster at Don Valley Stadium on Friday night.
“That’s up to Mark and there’s a lot of competition for places,” he said.
“We all feel under pressure to play well or otherwise the week after we won’t be in.
“That’s the same all through the team.
“We’ve only got a small squad but it’s a strong squad so if anybody doesn’t perform they are out. The pressure is on everyone.”
He added: “I’ve been looking out for Doncaster’s results, they started well but lost the last four. This is a local derby and anything can happen and you don’t look too much at the form.
“I remember a few years ago they were bottom of the league and we were fourth or fifth and they turned us over.”