Eagles beat the weather blues

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SHEFFIELD Eagles’ pre-season training is being boosted by greater access to the facilities at Don Valley Stadium.

Coach Mark Aston says being able to use the pitch and the indoor facilities at Don Valley has been a massive positive in recent weeks.

“Sheffield International Venues have been great,” he said.

“We want to develop a partnership that has been so good for Sheffield Eagles over the years. We want to train at Don Valley a bit more – it’s a real positive for us.

“We are doing all the skills work inside, and only training outside one day a week at the moment. It means people will be fit and ready for the first game.”

Aston added: “We haven’t had to worry about the weather – the lads can just get on with the training. We’ve got a couple of friendlies in January and it’s all going to plan.”

Eagles start their season with Rail Cup games at Don Valley and it is not yet clear how many home games will be played at Bramall Lane in the coming year.

The club have been based at Don Valley for more than 25 years although in recent years often trained on a pitch at the Woodbourn Road athletics track more that a mile away.

Woodbourn was closed after falling victim to cost cutting by the local council but Eagles have benefited by working more at Don Valley.

Aston added: “With part-time players it’s great that they can go straight from the changing room on to a rugby field.

“When we went to Woodbourn it used to take time out of the session, we don’t have that now.”

After a Christmas break Eagles step-up their preparations with friendlies at Wakefield on Friday, January 6 and Doncaster on Sunday, January 22.