With the Super 8s set to get underway this weekend, Sheffield Eagles will be looking to their inspirational skipper Mitchell Stringer to help guide them to success.
Stringer has been an influential figure for Mark Aston’s side as the Eagles ended the regular season in third position, ensuring a place in the Super 8s which kick off with a trip to Bradford Bulls this Sunday.
Aston will be looking towards his captain to lead by example on the field as the Eagles look to build on an impressive end to the season, with a tough Super 8 opener at Odsal Stadium.
Stringer recently clocked 300 appearances for the Eagles, an achievement that didn’t go unnoticed by his coach, who gave him his big break as a teenager which kick started his career in rugby league.
“Mitch started out here as a 17-year-old kid and went on a journey which took him to Super League and then he came back,” Aston told The Star.
“He’s our club captain and now he has made 300 appearances for Sheffield Eagles which is a fantastic achievement. He is a perfect example of what we spoke about in the early years when we set the club back up; we wanted to give kids from South Yorkshire an opportunity, and that’s what happened to Mitch and he grasped his chance with both arms.”
The 31-year-old is in his second spell with the Eagles after leaving to join then Super League outfit London Broncos before returning after a stint with Salford. He has been a regular ever since and, after having the early part of this season disrupted by injury, Aston claims he is now back to his best and ready for the exciting challenge ahead.
“He’s had a couple of tough years fighting injuries but he has fought back, and he’s got himself back into the form that he showed a couple of years ago when he was the Championship player of the year, and deservedly so,” Aston added.
“He now has an opportunity to get back to Super League, and he has the hunger and desire to achieve that, and that is an important feature for a captain. Mitch has been an important figure at this club for a number of years, and his story epitomises Sheffield Eagles and is an example of what we try to do here.”