Hard decisions to be made at Sheffield Eagles

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Sheffield Eagles Director Mark Aston has begun informing some members of his squad about their futures.

Aston has previously confirmed that some players would not be in a position to make the jump to full-time, when the Eagles make the step up in November. Aston has confirmed that most of his decisions have been made and he revealed that some of his players already know their fate. “I am going through the squad now talking to people about our situation” Aston said. “There are some people that already know that they are not going to be here and there are some that I will be talking to this week. We cannot stand still, we want to improve and bring players in who can take us on to the next level.”

Eagles have five more games of the Super 8s remaining and will be looking to finish the season on a high after back-to-back defeats. Aston is looking to make as much out of the experience as possible, claiming playing against a better standard of opposition can benefit his side.“The most important aspect is that we continue to learn and develop,” Aston enthused. “We have to try and find the right people who we think can compete with these kind of teams. Against Bradford we were disgraceful, but against Widnes we were much better” he said.

“For 20 minutes we lost our heads and let in some soft tries but we had a dig and in the second half the score was 18-6 which included a couple of tries right at the end. There was a big improvement but we still need to be better.”

Aston must find a replacement for Steve Thorpe who had his season ended after breaking his leg against Widnes.

“I thought until his injury Thorpey was massive for us going straight through for 55 minutes, he was very physical and dominant and he will be missed, but there is an opportunity there now for someone else to show what they can do.

“We have some players who need to stand up now and take on some more responsibility.”