THE roll call of players at training tonight will be critical to Sheffield Eagles’ team selection ahead of the trip to Widnes Vikings.
Coach Mark Aston has been working hard over the last 48 hours to ensure the release of four players he shares with Super League clubs.
“We need to know about the dual registration lads,” he said.
“They need to be training with us to be in contention for playing at the weekend.
“I’m talking to Huddersfield and Bradford and hope to get a decision.
“I’d like them here but we’ve done without them for a few weeks and got the results.”
Hopes that half-back Kyle Wood and back row forward Jamie Cording will be released have been raised after they were left out of Huddersfield Giants’ team last weekend. Bradford winger Vinny Finigan played for Eagles in their win at Toulouse but Jason Crookes has been in the Bulls starting line-up for the past three games.
Aston’s selection options have already been reduced by the loss of Pat Smith and Sam Scott - the pair played in France but leave tomorrow for the Great Britain Students’ tour of Australia.
After Sunday’s trip to the Stobart Stadium the Eagles have only four days to recover before they face Barrow Raiders at Don Valley Stadium.
Meanwhile, Aston praised the Under-16s team who gained their first win in the two seasons since joining the Scholarship competition.
The team, including Aston’s son, Cory, won 26-20 at Harlequins.
He said: “I’m delighted because for some of those guys it’s been a long two years trying to get that first win.”
The U-16s tries came from Jordan King, Jamie Needham, Jack Mitchell, Kieron Cross and Zach Braham with three goals being kicked by Josh Rymell.
The U15s went down 30-18 to Quins.