Patient Eagles boss finally gets his man after two year wait

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Patience has paid off for Sheffield Eagles director Mark Aston who was thwarted in previous attempts to sign prop Adam Neal.

Neal, alongside team mate George Tyson, became Aston’s first close season signings after they switched from newly-promoted Oldham to join Eagles. The 25-year-old former Salford ace has been on Aston’s radar for sometime. “I tried to get Adam Neale two years ago when he came out of Salford,” Aston said.

“I have kept an eye out for him and he has been the most consistent front-rower in that competition this year, which I wasn’t surprised at because of his background at Warrington and Salford.”

After playing nearly 50 times at Super League level, Neal walked away from the game following his release in 2012, but after returning with Oldham 2014, Aston believes he has his hunger back.

“He walked away for 12 months because of how he felt he was treated” Aston added.

“He came back into the game this year, has tasted success and I’m sure he is hungry to show people that he is still capable of playing at the highest level. I think he was a little upset about how he left Salford, he just needed to get away from the game, but he is back now.”