Sheffield Eagles are determined to end their season on a high by retaining their Championship title.
They are 80 minutes away from becoming the first ever club to win back-to-back Grand Finals when they face Batley Bulldogs tomorrow.
It pitches coach Mark Aston against his former boss John Kear who led the Eagles to their historic 1998 Challenge Cup final victory over Wigan Warriors.
Eagles go into the final at Leigh Sports Village (kick-off 4.30pm) as favourites after a double over Batley in the league but Aston warns the slate is clean.
“Batley are up for the scrap,” he said. “You can talk about favourites but John Kear has a knack of springing the upset as he has done in the play-offs.
“He will play the card of being the underdogs. He did that when he prepared us for the Wembley game – he’s go a history of that.”
The Eagles players are sure to be going all out after Aston was ignored for the Coach of the Year award for a second season running.
Batley have come through the play-offs with dramatic extra-time ‘golden point’ wins at Leigh and Featherstone.
Eagles after a hiccup in the opening round have returned to their best form with impressive wins over Dewsbury and Halifax.
Former Super League prop Liam Higgins will miss the final with a knee injury with Colton Roche or Matt Garside set to come into contention against a strong Batley pack.