Sheffield Eagles skipper determined to lead from front

Sheffield Eagles' Mitch Stringer in action
Sheffield Eagles' Mitch Stringer in action

Prop forward Mitch Stringer is ready to lead from the front and drag Sheffield Eagles back to winning form.

The captain has battled through a patch of poor individual form and says his team-mates can do the same.

The Scottish international said: “I’ve struggled a bit this season, I came back from the World Cup body tired. Tubby (Eagles’ coach Mark Aston) asked me to look at myself in the mirror and the man looking back I didn’t like. I wasn’t happy and I sorted myself out. I’m determined to be the leader and get back to the form I know I should be hitting.”

Stringer’s efforts were not rewarded in the 54-12 home defeat by Leigh Centurions but he’s sure the squad will respond.

“If I am leading then hopefully the others will follow, it’s a good squad with great professionals,” he said.

“There are some characters in that changing room, we just have to bring them out because too many are playing in their shells at the minute.”

He added: “It’s time to stand up, we have stopped performing. We wanted to win the Leigh game and put a statement down for the rest of our season. It’s not gone that way for us so it’s back to the drawing board and we’ll work hard in training this week and make sure we sort it out.”

The pressure will be on when the team travel to Whitehaven where a defeat could see the Eagles drop into the relegation zone.

Stringer said: “I know we let a lot of points in (against Leigh) but the effort is there and everyone is working for each other.

“We are a tight group but at the moment the application is letting us down. We’re not doing what Tubby is asking us to do, we aren’t keeping to the games plan he’s set for us.”