The recruitment players is already in full swing for Sheffield Eagles Director Mark Aston, after the historic announcement that the club will return to full-time status from November 2015.
Astonwill shortly lead his team into the promotion/relegation middle eight showdown and his focus is firmly fixed on the end of the current campaign, where the Eagles still have the opportunity of reaching Super League. Alongside Halifax, Eagles are big outsiders to make the jump, but Aston expects whatever happens his side will be stronger next season as he continues to seek out full-time players for his 2016 squad.
Aston says: “There are some great youngsters and if we show them our vision then they will come here. There are some talented lads who need a chance and that is something we have always done here.” Around 10-12 players of Aston’s squad are currently working close to a full-time operation, but if he wishes to retain some part-time players then they will have to make the jump with the club.
“We have players here who will be deservedly kept on and go full-time with us too, it is very exciting times for the club,” Aston said.
“We will also have to look at the backroom staff. We will need full-time physios and full-time staff in other areas; it will need a lot of hard work. Our current training facilities are good at Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam Sports Park, so we already have two great venues for our training.”
Aston takes his team to The Hive on Sunday for the final game of the regular season to face London Broncos.
Aston will be up against former Sheffield favourite Andrew Henderson who left the Eagles during the close season to become assistant boss at The Hive, before graduating to the top job after the departure of Joey Grima.
The 36-year-old came out of retirement to lead his side to a crushing 46-6 victory over the Eagles the last time the two sides met in the Summer Bash in May.