Rugby league: Sheffield Eagles’ stars of the future

Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston
Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston

The future looks bright for Sheffield Eagles with a crop of young talent catching the eye of director of rugby Mark Aston.

The Eagles production line continues to churn out talented youngsters, with Aston’s son, Cory, leading the way, playing a pivotal role in the run to the end-of-season Super 8s.

The next star in the making could be winger Ryan Miller, who starred for the Eagles in the 22-14 victory over London Broncos on the final day of the regular season. Miller bagged two tries on his senior debut to reward the faith shown in him by Aston, and the Eagles’ chief believes the academy product has a huge future in the game.

“He did really well in the game against London because it could have gone either way in the first few minutes, when he dropped a ball from a high kick but responded well,” Aston told The Star

“He kept his head up, scored a couple of great tries and looked very strong, so we are delighted with the progress he is making.

“Ryan is originally from Birmingham and made a massive commitment to come here four years ago. He is powerful and with his feet he reminds me of a young Jason Robinson. He is clinical and he has shown he can score at whatever level. There is always a time to make a debut and against London that was the perfect time for him, marking it with two tries.”

Miller is the latest cab off the rank but Aston is equally excited about the chances of hooker Greg Burns and second-rower Connor Scott who have also made senior appearances for the club this season. With the Eagles set to make the step up to a full-time outfit in November, there has never been a better time for the fledgling crop of youngsters to prove they have a future in the game.

“We are equally delighted with the progress of Connor Scott who came off the bench in the same game and made a big impact,” Aston enthused.

“These are the young lads who are starting to make their name here, and we were delighted to have been able to get them some first-team exposure.

“We also had Greg Burns in the 19-man squad at London. These three lads have been our best players in the reserves. They have come through our system over a number of years, and they making the right noises.”