Alan Biggs at Large: Sheffield Eagles nesting at Bramall Lane would be the perfect move

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Sheffield United are always alive to the bigger sporting – and community – picture. Commendably so.

Hence talk of Sheffield Eagles, those indomitable nomads of rugby league, finding a permanent home at Bramall Lane.

Eagles are a sporting treasure of this city and quite why coach and director Mark Aston, after an inspirational and record-breaking near-30 year association with the club, is not – yet – on Sheffield’s Walk of Fame outside the town hall is a mystery that the council to address.

Currently, and remarkably considering they are temporarily housed outside the city at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium, Eagles are competing for the Super League via the play-offs.

Two of the closing Super 8 fixtures - against Hull KR (September 18th) and Wakefield Wildcats (27th) - will take place at Bramall Lane this month.

Such is Blades’ chief Kevin McCabe’s enthusiasm for the project, Aston believes moving in there is feasible.

“I think so,” he told me.

“United have invested heavily in the pitch so you can play all-year-round sport there.

“I know Kevin loves rugby league and he’s opened the door with these two games.

“Who knows what will happen?

“I know plenty of people would want Sheffield Eagles playing Super League in Sheffield in the future.”

For the Blades, there would be, of course, a commercial value in such a project.

But it seems to have far wider value to the city and sport as a whole.