Eagles fear for future of shared stars

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SHEFFIELD Eagles face worrying uncertainty about the future of the four players they share with Super League clubs.

The loss of the dual registration players would severely reduce coach Mark Aston’s options, particularly in the backs.

Three of the four played for their parent clubs at the weekend with only winger Vinny Finigan with the Eagles for their game in Toulouse.

Finigan’s team-mate at Bradford, centre Jason Crookes, has missed the last three Eagles games after being recalled by the Bulls.

Huddersfield pair back rower Jamie Cording and half-back Kyle Wood both started for the Giants on Sunday.

The Super League clubs have the right to recall the players at any time and Eagles often don’t get a decision on availability until a few days before a game.

Aston is hoping the three will be released to rejoin his squad with games against the teams immediately below them in the Championship coming up.

“That’s the way it is with dual registration deals,” said Aston. “But we’re getting quality players who come from the Super League environment.

“We’ll have to see but we’ve won the last three games and shown there are people in the squad who can step up.”

Eagles don’t have a game this weekend. They travel to Widnes on Sunday June 26 and face Barrow at Don Valley Stadium on Thursday 30 June live on Sky Sports.