KYLE Eastmond has been warned not to make any rash decisions over his future.
The St Helens ace’s former agent Martin Offiah reckons Eastmond should concentrate on regaining his fitness before considering whether he stays at Saints or switches codes.
Ex-Wigan winger Offiah was subjected to a barrage of online messages from Saints fans angry when news emerged of his proposed move to Bath.
But despite no longer representing the England scrum half, Offiah has some clear and concise advice for his former charge: Get yourself fit and prove yourself to Saints fans.
“Everyone knows you are a very talented player and a great lad and I believe that you will get everything that’s coming to you but sometimes you have to be patient and put things first,” said Offiah.
“That means getting back fit and showing the St Helens fans what you can do next season and the world will be your oyster.”
Offiah is convinced Eastmond can succeed in union, a view echoed by another cross-code legend, Jason Robinson,
“I believe that quality players in either code will succeed in the other,” said Offiah. “I remember people doubting Jonathan Davies many years ago, saying that he couldn’t do it in league, and he had a stellar career in both codes.
“I believe that Kyle is exactly the same kind of player and already there have been comparisons with Jason Robinson. He could possibly start in union at full-back or on the wing. Look at Chris Ashton. He went into union as a full-back and is now poised to be one of the greatest converts since Jason Robinson.
“Kyle is a very skilful player, with a great kicking game, and it is going to be interesting to watch his career and see how and where he develops, whether it is in union or league. But first and foremost he has got to get back on the pitch and playing before he thinks about anything else. That is his first priority and I am sure he is doing that. “I hear rumours that he could be going to Bath. Everyone can pontificate about what’s going to happen but he has got to get back on the pitch and take it from there. You have to have a degree of patience.
“Sometimes young lads don’t have patience and that is the only thing I would say to Kyle. You will get everything you deserve and more, your talent isn’t in doubt, but sometimes you have to be patient and get yourself fit.
“Patience takes many forms, like not playing until you are 100 per cent fit and don’t come back until it’s the right time and then let your talent do the talking as it has done in the past.”