10th March 2017, 08:00
Toronto full back Dean joins Eagles on one month loan
Sheffield Eagles are delighted to confirm the signing of Reece Dean on a one month loan from Toronto Wolfpack.
The Eagles moved swiftly to secure Reece’s signature in time for Sunday’s home game with Featherstone Rovers, as director of rugby Mark Aston looks to bolster his options in the half-back and full-back areas.
Dean began his formative years with Super League side Hull FC, but left in order to seek regular action by signing a two-year deal for League One side Toronto during the close season.
He was one of several high profile signings for the Canadian side, who have begun their first season in the English game, but has found opportunities limited in the early rounds of the season.
“Reece is a great kid who has come to us with a glowing reputation,” said Aston.
“He’s still young but he has been in a full-time environment with Toronto in recent months, so he is in great shape and is ready for action.
“He is versatile and we feel that he can fill the void at full-back which we have been looking to strengthen for a number of weeks now.
“He has played at half-back too which gives us some options in there, and also at a time when we are down on numbers, he comes in and gives us competition which for me is key.
“We have spoken with Toronto, and we thank them for their assistance in letting Reece join us. He comes highly recommended to us by Nobby (Brian Noble), and we feel in this short term agreement, he can really help us out.
“Reece is a young man who is still developing, but these are the kind of players that Sheffield Eagles are all about. We enjoy working with young, enthusiastic and talented kids, and Reece certainly fits into that category.
“He comes out of great system at Hull FC. Coming through the ranks there he was really highly rated, and by all accounts they were keen on keeping him. He took the decision to move for regular competitive action, and I like that – he is hungry to play, just the type of attitude that we are looking for here.”
Dean has also enjoyed a short spell with Doncaster in 2016 where he made four appearances.
The Eagles next home match is against Featherstone Rovers, this Sunday, 12 March, kick off 7.30pm at The Beaumont Legal Stadium.
Tickets for the match are priced at £18 for Adults, £14 for Concessions (Over 60’s, Disabled & Students with valid I.D and armed forces) and £5 for Under 16’s. £2 can be saved on tickets bought in advance by calling 0114 261 0326.