Aston relaxed over filling Liam’s spot

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SHEFFIELD Eagles’ coach Mark Aston won’t be rushed into signing a replacement for prop forward Liam Higgins.

With players coming back from injury he has options to cover for Higgins who signed for Super League club Wakefield Trinity Wildcats last week.

“I’m not saying that we’re not looking for other people but at this moment we are strong. It is finding the right person, if they are not there we won’t worry.”

Utility forward/half-back Dane McDonald made a return in the win over Halifax and prop Jack Howieson and winger Danny Mills are nearing fitness.

Earlier in the season Aston was forced to play a subs’ bench packed with prop forwards but that seems to have changed with Australian McDonald fit.

“We’ve been going with three front rowers on the bench but now we have more options,” said Aston. “Dane can play at half-back or if I need him at loose-forward and I can push Joe Hirst up to second row. We can play with more tempo, with Dane there is that little extra option.”

Key to Aston’s thinking will be the continued availability of his four players on dual registration loans from Super League clubs. Jason Crookes and Vinny Finigan, from Bradford Bulls, both scored tries, for the second successive week, in the 41-22 win over Halifax. Kyle Wood’s direct style of play complements Simon Brown at half-back and fellow dual reg signing from Huddersfield Jamie Cording had a good spell off the bench.