Aston backs Burns to shine after penning new contract

Eagles coach Mark Aston
Eagles coach Mark Aston
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Sheffield Eagles academy prospect Greg Burns has signed an unspecified contract extension with the club.

The highly-rated young star has often been touted by Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston as a hot prospect for the future, and the hooker has been rewarded for his progress with a new deal with the Kingstone Press Championship club.

Burns featured in the Challenge Cup victory over Oldham last season and was also a member of the 19 man squad for the league fixture against London Broncos.

Aston is a firm believer that Burns has all the attributes to make it with the Eagles, as he continues to stick with a policy of giving young players a chance to shine.

“Greg Burns is a kid that people don’t know a lot about yet but he is very similar in terms of stature to Cory (Aston),” he told The Star.

“I am sure that over the next few years that Greg will be a big player for us because he has the hunger, commitment and desire to make it.

“When you have got that inside you it is very forceful and means that you have a fantastic opportunity to allow you to achieve what you want to achieve.”

The Eagles have already agreed a contract extension with 21-year-old prop forward Jack Blagbrough, whilst Aston has recruited George Tyson from Oldham and Matty Fozard from St. Helens who are both 21 and under.

With Cory Aston now a regular after coming through the system, Aston senior will also be rightly excited about winger Ryan Millar who penned his first full-time contract after scoring five tries in two games at the end of last season.

The exciting crop of youngsters has impressed Aston who praised Burns for his dedication and desire to succeed.

“He has a commitment and a desire to be the best,” he added.

“People take different routes to make it in the game, some are longer and some are shorter, we can’t determine that, they get there when they get there.

“The strength of character will get them to the end goal one day.”