Sheffield Eagles have confirmed the signing of Halifax prop Tony Tonks.
Tonks joins the club having established himself as one of the best forwards in the Championship during his time with Featherstone Rovers and Halifax.
The 29-year-old has scored 19 tries in 141 appearances combined for the two West Yorkshire clubs, and becomes the Eagles’ seventh new signing, joining Blake South, John Davies, Steve Thorpe, Jamie Langley, Ben Musolino and former Halifax team-mate Rob Worrincy.
Tonks has been part of many battles with the Eagles over the last few seasons, and says he is excited to get started in Sheffield.
He said: “Games against Sheffield have always been tough battles. You can see there is a real togetherness and a real strong culture at the club, and I want to be a part of that.
“Having spoken to Mark (Aston) you can see he is building something here. He has made some really good signings, and the players that are already here are class acts as well. He is taking steps to improve the club and the squad so I’m looking forward to being involved.”
With the opportunity of promotion to Super League back on the table, Tonks is in no doubt what the Eagles’ aim should be in 2015.
He continued: “I think top four is definitely achievable. When you look at the sides that will be competing at the top end of the table, I don’t think Sheffield are far away from them at all. As long as all the new lads fit in well, which I’m sure we will, I think we will be right up there.”
The Eagles have also confirmed that centre Corey Hanson has left the club to join York City Knights.
Eagles boss Aston said: “We wish Corey all the best. He has come through our system and wants to return here one day, which is what we want too, but he needs to be playing first-team rugby.”