In light of Sheffield Eagles heavy defeat to London Broncos, Director of Rugby Mark Aston may look to add to his squad as the games continue to come thick and fast.
Aston hinted prior to the victory over Dewsbury Rams that he would add some fresh faces to his squad, and the urgency to increase his options will have been intensified after a comprehensive defeat to Andrew Henderson’s London outfit last Saturday.
Aston admitted in the aftermath of the Summer Bash defeat that the Dewsbury game had taken more than he thought out of his troops, and his side won’t have had too much time to recover with another game this Friday at Hunslet Hawks.
With so many games in quick succession the possibility of new faces will again resurface, with Aston known to have a list of targets both for the short-term and for next season in mind.
There has been no new arrival since Oliver Roberts concluded his loan spell and returned to Huddersfield Giants, and the Eagles chief may feel he needs to add a new face with Pat Walker set to be sidelined for at least a month with a broken toe.
“I am still looking and if I can fetch people in then I will,” Aston told The Star.
“I still think we have players here that need to be looking more over their shoulder. We are now going into the back end of the season and we know that injuries are part and parcel of the game, so we need have so more strength in depth. If the right people come available then we will be bringing in some new faces.”
It may be tough on some of Aston’s troops who have largely performed for him for the majority of the season. The Eagles still sit third in the table but after two hard games in quick succession, coupled with the loss of Kyle Briggs and Michael Knowles at the weekend, Aston may look to freshen things up a little for the game with the Hawks at South Leeds Stadium on Friday night (8pm).
“We have played Tuesday, Saturday and then we play again on Friday,” Aston added.
“We just have to get the balance right and we need competition for places. You have to understand that we have now passed the halfway mark of the season, and we need to start getting stronger.”