Sheffield Eagles: Aston refuses to rule out Steel City return for Super 8s

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Sheffield Eagles’ Super 8 Qualifiers could yet be played back in the Steel City with fixtures set to be announced today.

Since leaving Owlerton Stadium during the close season, the Eagles are currently playing their home fixtures in Doncaster at the Keepmoat, where they have lost just once during the current campaign.

After cementing third position in the Kingstone Press Championship with a victory over London Broncos at the weekend, the Eagles will now compete in the Super 8s alongside Hull KR, Salford, Widnes, Wakefield, Leigh, Bradford and Halifax for a potential place in Super League.

The Eagles will compete in seven fixtures, three of which will be at home, and while there is believed to be an agreement in place to use the Keepmoat, director of rugby Mark Aston hasn’t ruled out playing elsewhere.

“Everything still needs to be firmed up, all the doors are open, but the Keepmoat is certainly a place we have enjoyed playing,” Aston told The Star.

“Leigh are the only team to have beaten us there this season and really looking back on that game, we beat ourselves. We are proud of our record at the Keepmoat, we have gone through the season with a very strong home record.”

While the Keepmpoat would seem the most likely venue for the Super 8s there has been talk over a move to Bramall Lane for the following campaign, and Aston conceded that nothing has been decided for the 2016 season.

“All doors remain open as far as next season goes,” he added. “We have to remember we have only lost one home game and that speaks volumes when you look back on last season, because at Owlerton the boys didn’t really enjoy it and we couldn’t get the best out of them.

“At The Keepmoat the pitch suits us, the facilities are fantastic and the boys are playing with a smile on their faces. The facilities are very important to us for the standard of rugby that we want to deliver.”

Teams in the Super 8 Qualifiers will start on zero points and after seven games the top three sides will be guaranteed a place in Super League. The teams finishing fourth and fifth will then go head-to-head in the ‘million pound game’ for the final place in the top flight.

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