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Eagles swoop for Adlard


Sheffield Eagles have signed former Hull FC winger Mike Adlard on a one-year deal.

After having a spell with Hull Rugby Union, Adlard returns to the 13-man code and links up with ex-teammate Connor Bower.

Eagles Head Coach Mark Aston is looking forward to seeing Adlard in action, but admits it may take some time for him to get used to the Rugby League setup again.

“Mike has been out of the sport for a couple of years,” he said.

“He was full-time with Hull before playing at a decent level of Rugby Union.

“He is another good kid with massive amounts of potential. While being rather big and strong, he has great feet and can play at full-back too.

“He can certainly beat defenders, which is a skill in its own, and it’s great that we can bring another exciting player into the club at this stage.”

“However, he does know that it will take him a while to establish himself.

“He knows the players we have got at the club, with Ryan Millar - arguably one of the best wingers in the competition - and Rob Worrincy who has massive amounts of experience.

“He needs to learn from those people.”

Shortly after signing the deal to bring him to Sheffield, Adlard commented: “I am happy to be coming back to a good standard of Rugby League with the Eagles,”

“I have spoken to some of the lads and they seem like a great bunch.

“I am excited to get into the season with them all.”

Adlard explained how the move occurred, with the winger wanting a new challenge and Aston being more than happy to bring him on board.

“I got in touch with a few clubs during lockdown, as I wanted to increase my performance,” he added.

“Sheffield got involved and after speaking with the coaching and S+C (strength and conditioning) staff, I knew they were the club for me.”

He is also relishing the opportunity to fight for his place in the match day squad, saying: “It’s always good to have that competition,”

“Even when you think you’re at the top, you have got to keep fighting for your position on the field.

“You’re never sitting back in training as you know you’re not the only person going for that spot.

By Dan Fowler