Sheffield Eagles’ home for next season is still very much undecided, with Director Mark Aston remaining open to a move back to the Steel City.
Since leaving Owlerton last year, Eagles have been exiled at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium until their new home at the Olympic Legacy Park is completed. Rumours have circulated surrounding possible negotiations to play at Bramall Lane next season and Aston won’t rule out the possibility of coming back into their home city earlier than expected.
“There is the dream of the new stadium coming around, but who knows what will happen next year?” Aston said. “We’d love to be back in the city. Bramall Lane and Hillsborough are having Desso pitches; will Sheffield Eagles end up playing at one of those stadiums? You never know.”
The Eagles have an agreement in place to play at The Keepmoat for next season and, if necessary, for the 2017 season. Whilst it has proven a fine temporary home, Aston would favour a quick return to Sheffield, before finally moving into their new home which will feature a high-quality synthetic pitch, and a main stand seating of 2,500.
“We never wanted to be out of the city, we want to come back and for the people of Sheffield to be behind us,” Aston reiterated.
“We want people to be part of this journey and if you have gone away because we’ve gone to Doncaster, we want you back.”
A decision isn’t expected imminently with Aston fully focused on the current campaign, which has four games of the regular season remaining, plus potential middle eight fixtures.
Meanwhile, the Eagles submitted guilty pleas for Cory Aston and Sam Smeaton after incidents during the Leigh game . Aston is banned for two matches for a charge and Smeaton is banned for one match after a high tackle.