Sheffield Eagles chief Mark Aston praises dual-registration ace Lachlan Burr

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Mark Aston has hailed the application and professionalism of dual-registration ace Lachlan Burr, backing him to eventually break through at Super League level.

Burr has been a mainstay for Aston’s Sheffield Eagles this season, and has been a major plus point from their association with top flight newcomers Leigh Centurions.

Whilst others have come and gone, Burr’s presence throughout the early stages of the season has given Aston’s selection a slightly more consistent feel, after fleeting glimpses of Leigh team mates Sam Hopkins and Jamie Acton.

Aston has been delighted with the contribution of the big Aussie, who he says has had a key influence on the rest of his squad.

“I cannot speak highly enough about the kid because he has been a breath of fresh air for us. He has been a pleasure to work with,” Aston told The Star.

“Lachlan has played 20 odd NRL games so he is no mug, he can play. With the character that he is, and the desire that he has to be the best that he can be, that will get him to where he wants to go.”

After being made available for the first three rounds, some might have raised hopes of a longer term arrangement with the second-rower.

Aston though has stressed he believes that the ex-Gold Coast star will be in the plans of Leigh coach Neil Jukes, a theory backed up by his inclusion in their 19-man squad for their recent Super League clash with Leeds Rhinos before being released to the Eagles.

“I am sure that Leigh value him in their squad and I am sure that he will get the games,” Aston maintained.

“He is that sort of character who will work out how to get to where he wants. In the first round, for me, Leigh played the best team in Super League, then they had Leeds and pushed them.

“I am sure they will still be looking at what they need to do to improve, and I am sure that Lachlan will be in and around their squad. He will get his opportunity I am sure because they are looking for who is there best 17, and you don’t necessarily know that to start with. You can think it, but then things change.”

Aston waits on which personnel he’ll be offered for Sunday’s home game with Batley Bulldogs, kick off 3pm at Belle Vue.