Sheffield Eagles swoop to sign former Super League Grand Finalist in coup for Mark Aston’s side

Drew Darbyshire
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Alex Foster in action for Castleford in 2023 - Alamy

Championship club Sheffield Eagles have swooped to sign former Super League Grand Finalist Alex Foster on a two-year deal from 2024.

The 30-year-old forward arrives in the Steel City from Newcastle Thunder, who suffered relegation from the Championship last season.

Foster, who played in the 2017 Super League Grand Final for Castleford Tigers in their defeat to Leeds Rhinos, spent the back end of last season back on loan at Castleford, where he played six games to help the Tigers secure their Super League status for 2024.

Foster came through the ranks at Leeds, where he made eight appearances between 2013 and 2015.

After spending time at London Broncos and Featherstone Rovers on loan, Foster made the permanent move to the capital where he spent the 2016 season.

The Gloucestershire-born returned to West Yorkshire in 2017 with Castleford, where he spent four seasons, playing 62 games, including their 2017 Super League Grand Final defeat to Leeds.

He has played for Newcastle Thunder in the Championship over the last two years, making 27 appearances as well as captaining the North East club.

Sheffield Eagles boss Mark Aston ‘delighted’ to welcome Alex Foster to the Steel City

Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston believes Foster’s experience of playing at the highest level will benefit the rest of his side.

Aston said: “We’re delighted to have signed Alex for the next two years.

“He’s a talented player who has Super League experience and will provide us with a real strike and gives further competition to our forwards.

“He’s a time in his career where he is after some stability after an moving club’s midway through 2023 and hopefully we can provide that for him.

“Alex is familiar with a number of the boys already at the club, having spent time at Castleford with the Jesse (Sene-Lefao), QLT (Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e) and Cory (Aston), so he will fit into the group seamlessly.

“I’m really pleased to get a player of Alex’s pedigree into the club, and I’m looking forward to seeing him represent the club in 2024.”

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