12th January 2018, 15:32
Eagles sign four on trial
Sheffield Eagles will be giving debuts to three trialists this Sunday in a pre-season friendly against Bradford Bulls at the Provident Stadium.
With 15 permanent squad members signed up, it’s a perfect chance for Blake Broadbent, Tom McGretton & Max Garcia, to stake a claim for a first team spot.
Broadbent, son of Eagles legend Paul Broadbent, was brought through Sheffield’s academy system before moving on to Castleford Tigers and Oulton Raiders.
The young prop forward will be hoping to learn a lot from his Championship team mates during his time in the Red and Gold.
Similarly, half-back McGretton will be targeting a good first impression against the Bulls.
A former Wakefield under-19s product, the scrum-half has also had experience overseas – training with French side Villeghailhenc-Aragon XIII who ply their trade in the Elite Two Championship.
Garcia arrives in England from the Catalans Dragons youth setup and is a utility forward.
As capable at prop forward as he is in the loose forward position, the 19-year-old will be wanting to show his worth in a tough, competitive pack.
Garcia is a hard-running forward who has good ball handling skills, making him well equipped to the Eagles’ style of play.
Recent French players who became favourites at Sheffield include current Catalans forward Thibaut Margalet and Toulouse half-back Stan Robin.
The Eagles can also confirm ex-Super League and NRL fullback Jordan Tansey has joined the club on trial.
The club are currently awaiting a release from his previous club, Darlington Point-Coleambally Roosters in Australia so as it stands, won't be eligible for Sunday's match against Bradford.
Tansey arrived back in the UK five months ago and has played for Leeds, Sydney Roosters, Hull, Crusaders, Castleford, Wakefield and Huddersfield during his time at the top level.
Making 149 appearances and scoring 50 tries, Tansey offers a lot of experience to a rather youthful Eagles camp and he will have his sights set on reigniting his career in the Steel City.
Mark Aston said, “We are still a little light on numbers at the moment, it isn’t ideal but that will change in the next few weeks.
"Players aren’t available from St. Helens just yet but we can expect three-four players from them every week during the season.
“We are also looking to finalise a couple more signings and loan signings over the next couple of weeks.
“Whilst we will be a bit short of where we need to be this weekend, it does however give us an opportunity to look at these players in our two pre-season friendlies.
"It could be a baptism of fire but will be great experience for them, we can see where they are at and they have the opportunity to show what they are about and potentially earn a contract with us.”
You can see the trio in action on Sunday as Sheffield visit the Provident Stadium to take on the Bradford Bulls (kick off 3.00pm).