Aston’s contemplating Eagles youth shake-up

Sheffield Eagles' Mitch Stringer looks for a way around Featherstone Rovers' Steve Crossley.
Sheffield Eagles' Mitch Stringer looks for a way around Featherstone Rovers' Steve Crossley.
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Sheffield Eagles’ first team squad is facing a shake-up with young players making a strong case to be given their chance.

Coach Mark Aston admits he’s tempted to call up some enthusiastic youngsters after an “embarrassing” defeat by Leigh Centurions.

“I’m not happy with some of the senior players and I will pick a team next weekend that will shock a few people and maybe they will give me a few answers,” he said.

“I have given a lot of senior players a chance to get things right, now I have to do what I want. We haven’t got a massive pool of players and I’ll be looking at our youngsters.”

The Eagles would be on the brink of the relegation zone if they are defeated at Whitehaven on Sunday. That could push the case for changes but the team’s results away from home has been good, with five wins out of six.

Aston was impressed when he checked the young players in an Under-20s game against Leigh but says he has to find the right balance and won’t make wholesale changes.

“Some of the lads like Cory Aston, Jack Blagbrough Tom Ashton, Alex Palmer and Corey Hanson were outstanding,” he said.

“There is a risk in bringing in young players and that’s why I haven’t done it but before long people have understand they are accountable and responsible for their actions.

“If I keep leaving it then we will get to the end of the season saying ‘shoulda, woulda, coulda’. I’m not that sort of guy.”

He added: “It’s a massive, tough game coming up at Whitehaven. It’s not an easy place and sometimes you don’t throw kids in games like that but if they are good enough, let’s get them in.

“I can’t change all 17 and I need a nucleus of players who are going to have to front up.”