Mariano back in the Championship

Scotland international Frankie Mariano is back in the Championship after agreeing a one-year deal with Sheffield.

Mariano played in the Super League with Hull KR, Castleford and Wakefield, before continuing his career outside of the top tier with Featherstone, and most recently Doncaster.

And the 32-year-old admits he wasn’t expecting the chance to return to the Championship.

He said: “It is a step up from where I was at and I wasn’t expecting it to be fair.

Article continues below the advert

“I didn’t have the best season at Donny due to injury, I put the feelers out there for a move and I had a chat with Tubbs.

“I am looking forward to getting started and meeting up with a few old faces as I’ve played with Jamesy, Thacks and Scott (Wheeldon).

“It should be good to get back into training and ready for the new season.”

Sheffield coach Mark Aston added: “We are highly delighted to secure Frankie’s signature,”

“We were missing another forward so it’s great to get this deal across the line.

“He has had some rotten luck with injuries over the past two seasons but he is fresh and raring to go.

“He’s hungry to fight for a place in the team and get back to the great form he has shown in the past.

“He is the type of character we need in this team and I look forward to working with him.”