Rugby league: Mark Aston’s appetite fuelled by new Eagles trio’s hunger

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Director of rugby Mark Aston will be hoping that the Super League grounding in his new signings will help Sheffield Eagles to the next level.

Aston confirmed on Monday that St Helens hooker Matty Fozard would be his third close-season signing, following hot-on-the-heels of Oldham duo Adam Neal and George Tyson.

Neal started his career with Super League giants Warrington, before plying his trade with Salford, while Tyson also began his rugby league education with the Red Devils.

With Neal and Tyson re-establishing themselves at Oldham, and Fozard serving his apprenticeship with loan stints at Batley and Rochdale last season, all three have also experienced life in the lower reaches of the rugby league pyramid.

“They have all shone in Championship and Championship One,” Aston told The Star.

“Adam and George were at Oldham and Matty has had time at the likes of Batley and Rochdale so he has had a taste of playing against men. They have all come from good Super League backgrounds.

“The first year that they come out into competitive action is always a tough year for them, but these three lads all have the attitude that they want to be the best they can be.

“These are the types of players that I have always wanted to sign and now we are starting to put them in place.”

In the case of Fozard and Tyson, they have been on the fringes of Super League action, while Neal has almost 50 top-flight games under his belt.

Aston will be looking to channel their hunger to get back up the rugby league ladder, and he will be hoping they have the drive to eventually achieve a return with the Eagles, to match his dream of returning to Super League.

“The important thing is that when players come out of Super League environments they are still hungry to achieve in the game, and they want to progress to get back up there,” he said.