Sheffield Eagles boss ponders way ahead

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Sheffield Eagles young players will be given their chance but may have to wait a week.

Coach Mark Aston is reluctant to risk the club’s crop of promising reserves at unbeaten league leaders Leigh Centurions. “There were a lot of dead men walking out there against Halifax who aren’t putting their hands up,” he said.

“That puts me in not a great position: do I play the kids?”

The Halifax defeat was the third in a row and has convinced Aston that he has to look to the future.

“We are disappointed yet again and before long I will lose my patience. I’ve talked for a couple of weeks that maybe it’s time to get the kids in,” he said.

“I didn’t want to throw them in against Halifax or probably next weekend at Leigh but once that’s gone, get ready.”

He is set to give a final chance for some senior squad members.

It’ll be a tough test with the big spending Lancashire team dominating the Championship and unbeaten after 17 games.

The call to the young ones is likely to come when the Eagles return to Owlerton against North Wales Crusaders on Sunday 13 July.

Forwards Connor Scott and Alex Palmer have played in the first team this season and former amateur international Shaun Squires has been scoring tries regularly for the reserves.

Aston said: “It will be a youthful team, we have to be going forward to next season.

We have to bring some enthusiasm and passion into our play. Maybe have been knocking on the door for a few weeks a chance.”