Pressure points for new Eagles

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SHEFFIELD Eagles signings have added a competitive edge to the build up to the new season.

The new boys are producing early pressure to claim a place in the first-choice 17, says coach Mark Aston.

“There’s a good attitude among the guys, they want to be here and they want to be competitive – that’s the buzz word around the club at the moment,” he said.

“The lads are competitive in everything they do. They want to get the best out of each other for the team.”

Aston has added six new players to the squad: prop forward Liam Higgins, from Super League club Wakefield, half back Dominic Brambani, from Dewsbury, plus players who have a strong track record in the Championship will boost Aston’s options in 2012.

“Dom Brambani has come in and his standards are high. All the new guys have come with a real good attitude and the boys that have been here for some time are all competitive,” said Aston.

“The lads are looking over their shoulders and know there will be competition for places. Liam Higgins has come back in and they know that there will be pressure.”

With a first team squad of 25 Aston will not have to rely on loan signings as he did for much of last season.

He said: “Loan players didn’t work for us last season. I’m delighted that we have a squad of 25-plus lads we’ve added to the elite training squad from the reserves.”