Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston is ready to sign new players to bolster his faltering team.
He is increasingly losing patience with the inconsistent form of some key members of the squad and looking around for possible experienced reinforcements.
“It’s certainly time to look for some,” said Aston. “The win over Dewsbury was the first in three months I’d enjoyed and then we are back to the same old thing against Keighley.
“That hurts me because we have quality people in the squad but they are not being respectful. I’m looking we certainly need to bring in someone fresh.”
The squad has been hit by the loss of winger and leading try-scorer Scott Turner with a groin strain early in the defeat by Keighley. Prop forward Ben Jones is out for three months with a broken thumb.
On loan back rower Will Hope was pulled back by his parent club Salford Red Devils last weekend and may not be available for Sunday’s home game against Halifax.
Aston said: “I’ve given people opportunities. I’ve changed the team around and put people in. I thought we were going in the right direction.
“It didn’t help losing Will before the game and when Scott tweaked his groin we had to reshuffle a few things. Scott will struggle for Sunday and Will we’ll have to see.”
Prop Theo Gonzales-Trique, on loan from French champions Toulouse Olympique, made his debut against Keighley.
It was his first senior game following knee surgery.