Former Bradford Bulls prop Tom Lillycrop joins Sheffield Eagles

Tom Lillycrop has joined Sheffield Eagles on a one-year deal from Dewsbury Rams, who he could be facing on Sunday

Tom Lillycrop has joined Sheffield Eagles on a one-year deal from Dewsbury Rams, who he could be facing on Sunday

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Sheffield Eagles have signed former Bulls prop Tom Lillycrop from Kingstone Press Championship rivals Dewsbury Rams.

The 22-year-old has previous Super League experience with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats after coming through the ranks at Odsal.

He has also played for England Academy, and joins the Eagles on an initial one-year deal. Lillycrop could feature in Sunday’s squad at Owlerton Stadium which, ironically, would put him up against Dewsbury (2.00).

He joins fellow former Dewsbury players Dominic Brambani, also an ex-Bull, Scott Turner and Patch Walker at the current Championship champions.

Eagles' head coach Mark Aston said: “It’s great to announce that Tom is joining the club.”

“For me, he was one of the stand-out players at Dewsbury last year and we hope he will make a big impact here.”

“He’s the type of player we want here - young, talented and lots of potential. We believe we can develop him further and help with his progression as a rugby league player.”

Lillycrop will provide firepower and depth to the Eagles' squad - something Aston feels is needed.

He added: “Everyone is aware that the pitch is a bit smaller at Owlerton than we’ve been used to. We are adapting to it, and in time we will turn the stadium into a fortress.

“We need more strength in depth, especially across our front row, and Tom helps provide that.”

Lillycrop said: “I’m excited to be joining the Eagles. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the club and I can’t wait to get out there and begin playing.”

 

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