Sheffield Eagles half-back Cory Aston will be out for up to two months following an injury in his first game of the season.
He broke his collarbone in a tackle in the Challenge Cup win over East Leeds.
Aston had looked impressive and had scored a try only minutes before the injury.
His father and Eagles’ coach Mark Aston said: “Cory is all right, he doesn’t need an operation, it has to settle down. The sad thing is that he did well the other day and could have had more tries. He’ll be out for six to eight weeks.”
In a relatively small squad Aston, 19, provided the back up to regular half-back Dominic Brambani and Patch Walker.
Aston snr wants the team to build on the Cup win when they face early pacesetters Dewsbury Rams, at Owlerton on Sunday. He wants senior players to “take responsibility” and cited the form of Samoan international Misi Taulapapa.
“Misi was head and shoulders the best player on the field because of his attitude, he’s a winner in everything you ask him to do and he doesn’t shift responsibility and wants consistently to be the best. If I had 17 of them I’d be happy,” he said.
Aston says new singing USA international Lelauloto ‘Loto’ Tagaloa will start to make an impact as he gets to the pace of the Championship.
“Loto’s a bit rusty and it was his first game at this level. He did some good things but he’s way away from where we need him to be,” he said.