The 2016 BAFANL Midlands Football Conference kicks off this weekend and sees the Eagles open the season away to the Sandwell Steelers.
The Steelers went unbeaten on their way to the Division 2 title in 2015 which included play-off victories over Leicester Falcons, Newcastle Vikings and Peterborough Saxons, and head into 2016 with momentum well and truly on their side.
The Eagles come into the new season looking to build on a successful season of their own having gone 7-3 in the competitive SFC North 1 last season, and only missed out on a place in the Division 1 final following an overtime defeat to the Solent Thrashers.
Eagles QB Zach Wodaege is recovering from a dislocated knee picked up during the pre-season scrimmage with Kent Exiles, and is unlikely to be ready in time for this weekend, but should be available from next week.
Offensive Lineman James Busby sustained a second broken ankle on the same leg as last season and will miss out, while Defensive Back Vasco Dias continues his recuperation from serious knee injury , and is also likely to miss out.
Rookie Running Back Raul Fernandez will be a game-time decision with an oblique strain, and Linebacker Byron Chowles returns to the squad for the first time since breaking his leg in last season’s opening day win over the Cambridgeshire Cats.
The Steelers home stadium and training base is Tipton Sports Academy, Wednesbury Oak Road, Tipton, West Midlands, DY4 0BS.
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