Eagles may add to squad ahead of Rams test, says Mark Aston

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Sheffield Eagles Director of Rugby Mark Aston has revealed he may add to his squad before his side face Dewsbury Rams next week.

With no game this weekend, Aston has been using the window to re-evaluate his squad as he looks to formulate his plan to cement a place in the coveted top four of the Kingstone Press Championship.

With on loan second-rower Oliver Roberts returning to Huddersfield Giants last month, there would appear to be room for manoeuvre should Aston want to bolster his ranks.

It is believed that Aston would prefer to add some youthful exuberance to his side, and he admitted that he has targets in mind should he want to re-enforce what is already a strong set of players.

“There are a couple of players that I am keen on,” Aston revealed to The Star.

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“I am looking at players that I can potentially bring in on loan to have a look at, and see if they match the standards that we are looking for. There are some good young players about at the moment; I am always keen on bringing youth in that we think can be with us for a long time. We have some good young players who are committed here already with the likes of Thorpey (Steve Thorpe) and Cory (Aston) and we want to add to that.”

Whilst a loan signing appears to be the answer in the short term, Aston also revealed he already has one eye on next season, with a number of targets lined up as the Eagles continue to the build into eventually becoming a full-time operation.

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“I am always looking and I am not just looking for now, I am looking at players for next season too,” he enthused.

“There are things happening behind the scenes. They probably won’t come to fruition right away, there is some exciting news potentially happening at the back end of the season.

“I am excited about the group that we are putting together, there will be players that leave the club at the end of the year, and there will be players who will be sticking around as we continue to build something here.

“I am looking to hit the levels where the likes of Leigh and Bradford are, and we are looking at players now who are capable of getting us there.”