Aston puts faith in his reserves

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SHEFFIELD Eagles’ coach Mark Aston will fight shy of signing players on dual registration contracts with Super League clubs next season.

The club had mixed fortunes with the four players they took on ‘loan’ deals in 2011 and Aston has concentrated on signings for his squad.

“It has to be what works for Eagles,” he said. “Dual reg is not something I was comfortable with. I’m in a better position for 2012.

“We have a 24-man squad and some strong kids in the reserves. It’s from the reserves that the players are going to come if we need cover.”

The positive side of dual reg signings last season was Bradford winger Vinny Finigan who played 21 games for Eagles and has signed a full contract for 2012. His Bulls’ team-mate Jason Crookes would have played more games but for injury.

The relationship with Huddersfield Giants was not good. Half-back Kyle Wood and forward Jamie Cording rarely played successive games and both ‘disappeared’ back to their parent club in mid-season. Aston added: “Dual reg caused me frustration last year because one week you have a player in, the week after you don’t know if they will be in until late. I don’t want that again.

“It worked with one club but not with another, it’s not something that is top of my priorities list. We have a good squad and have added a few good players.”