Sheffield Eagles: Aston won’t stop being the tinkerman

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Director of rugby Mark Aston has plenty to ponder as he continues to strive for the right combination to maintain the Eagles’ impressive start to the season.

Despite being unhappy with his side’s last two performances Aston has led his troops to four wins from five Championship fixtures, remaining hot-on-the-heels of early pace-setters Leigh Centurions and Bradford Bulls.

The Eagles supremo has made subtle changes to his 17 over the past two games and he insists he will tinker with his line-up again with the club set to imminently reveal a new signing in time for Sunday’s Challenge Cup fourth round clash with Oldham Roughyeds.

With a new addition set to be confirmed later today, plus Aston’s admission that he will recall former mainstay Dominic Brambani, there could be a new look to the Eagles’ side come 3pm on Sunday.

“I put them on notice last week and said before time we will get found out, it nearly happened at Workington, it is getting closer,” Aston told The Star. “We need to just re-align ourselves a little and if we can fetch new people in then that will give us what I want.

“We are still looking for the right balance. Next game I will change it again.

“Our job as coaches is to try and find the right combinations and when we get that then we can move on.”

One player Aston will be hoping to have fit for Sunday is his son Cory who was forced off last weekend at Workington with what looked like a shoulder problem.

“He got a hit which resulted in some pins and needles and we think that it was a trapped nerve that he got so we just have to manage that,” added Aston.

“He was feeling sore and he wasn’t in a position to go back on at Workington which was a shame because we wanted to see him in an 80 minute game, but I am sure he’ll be fine, he will dust himself down and get himself right again.”

Aston’s options will be further enhanced with the arrival of a new signing plus Jamie Langley’s constant progression from an injury which has kept him out since pre-season. Prop Mitch Stringer remains sidelined but he is making good progress as he looks to recover from an ankle problem.