Eagles close in on GB centre

Eagles chief Paul Blake and player coach Fab Flournoy were locked in talks with 6ft 11in centre Chris Haslam last night hoping to persuade the Great Britain star to sign.

Eagles chief Paul Blake and player coach Fab Flournoy were locked in talks with 6ft 11in centre Chris Haslam last night hoping to persuade the Great Britain star to sign.

The Chronicle understands that the Springfield Honda-backed club will have to fight off competition from former Eagles coach Tony Garbelotto and his London United outfit who have also discussed terms with the player.

Blake was hopeful an agreement could be struck and was indeed preparing plans to unveil Haslam at a Press conference today if a deal was struck.

He said: "Chris is a quality player and we are busy negotiating at the present time and will continue to do so, hopefully until he signs.

"Obviously Chris is a player in demand and we hope he will commit to us.

"These things are never straightforward, particularly when you are trying to sign someone who is an experienced international player with an impressive record.

"We hope we can persuade him to stay here and he has certainly got all of

the attributes that I know Fab is looking for.

"We know he has had other offers and I never believe in thinking a deal is done until someone has put pen to paper."

The veteran, from Southport, certainly has an impressive track record, having played for a host of European clubs whilst winning 42 England caps.

More recently Haslam has been playing - and starting - for Great Britain in their recent European Qualification games.

Should Haslam decide to commit it would certainly relive the pressure on Flournoy, who has been working overtime to bring in an import forward ahead of the new season which tips off a week tomorrow.

Meanwhile, new signing Shawan Robinson has received his work permit but was left sweating on his visa application being processed today so that he could fly in before tomorrow night's game with Cork.

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