Eagles chief ponders swoop for reinforcements

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SHEFFIELD Eagles’ boss Mark Aston is ready to make a mid-season move to strengthen his squad.

He’s working with a smaller squad than last season and his selection options are coming under pressure with some tough away games coming up.

“If the right people come along we’ll have a snap at them,” he said. “It’s about finding people who will do a job for you.”

Aston has been regularly losing two or three of his dual registration signings who have been recalled by their parent clubs for recent Super League games.

With two games in four days coming up Aston faces an anxious wait to learn whether Kyle Wood and Jamie Cording from Huddersfield plus Bradford’s Jason Crookes will be released. Wood and Cording didn’t play for Giants in the win over Catalan at the weekend, raising hopes they could play for the Eagles.

He will also soon be without two of his key reserves hooker Pat Smith and back row forward Sam Scott who both played in the win at Toulouse.

Hallam student Smith and Scott, who is at Loughborough, are both in the British Students’ squad which leaves for Australia this week. The squad is back in training after a week’s break following the win at Toulouse Olympique. Ahead are games at Widnes Vikings on Sunday and Barrow Raiders at Don Valley the following Thursday - both clubs just below fourth placed Eagles in the top six.

Adding a player to the squad – particularly a centre or back row forward – would give extra cover and inject extra competition for places.