Sheffield Eagles: changes ahead

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SHEFFIELD Eagles’ coach Mark Aston will shake up his squad after the disappointment of the first defeat in eight games.

Aston will use the Challenge Cup third round game with amateurs Leigh East to bring in young players but won’t be taking risks.

Changes were on the way after an unimpressive win over Doncaster in the first of the Easter games and his fears were confirmed at Whitehaven.

“I was going to shake things up in any case because I saw this coming,” he said. “I saw it against Doncaster and it smacked me in the chops at Whitehaven. I don’t want it to happen again. This is the Challenge Cup. Leigh East will be committed and will want to make a name for themselves. We’ll be respectful but we have to get the game won.”

Aston has already revealed his teenage son Cory will make his senior debut off the bench at Don Valley on Sunday and one or more youngsters could join him. “It will give a chance to have a look at one or two of the younger players but we won’t go over the top,” he said. “There are some good kids in the Academy who this game might be right to have a look at. I want to give them a chance to show us what they have got.”

The defeat at Whitehaven dropped Eagles to fifth place in the Championship and left Aston worried over the fitness of prop forward Mitch Stringer. “Mitch has been one of our standout players and he’s done his knee.”