Back to the future for Sheffield Eagles

Sheffield Eagles boss Mark Aston
Sheffield Eagles boss Mark Aston
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Today could provide a watershed moment for Sheffield Eagles.

Since the club was set up in 1984, (and relaunched in 2000) they have never had a place to call home.

Today, a meeting to discuss the new Olympic Legacy Park - a £40m redevelopment of the site of Don Valley Stadium - could end that.

A return to the east end in 2016 in a 10,000 capacity stadium could help the club reach its potential.

Remarkably, they have played on 15 ‘home’ grounds in that time, many outside the Steel City.

With options inside Sheffield few and far between since the RFL’s decision to rule all Championship stadia must contain 1,500 seats, the club are exploring further afield. But would fans back a short-term move away from Sheffield?

Eagles supporters of over 20 years, Richard Anderson and Andrew Senior, would be willing to spread their wings on a temporary basis.

Anderson said: “The Council left the Eagles in the lurch when they closed Don Valley and the directors deserve praise for keeping the club in the city.

“However, Owlerton was not an enjoyable place to watch RL and put me off going to games.

“A move to a modern, spectator-friendly stadium seems the best option.”

Senior agreed: “If the new ground is promised for 2016 then I’d support a short-term move outside Sheffield.

“After all, St Helens, one of the biggest rugby league teams in the country, played their home games in Widnes in 2011 whilst their new stadium was under construction.”