Sheffield Eagles’ half-back Cory Aston has agreed a new five-year deal with the club ahead of Sunday’s Challenge Cup fourth round tie with Oldham Roughyeds.
The 20-year-old is one of the club’s brightest prospects and has impressed in the early stages of this season’s Kingstone Press Championship leading to an improved deal for the Academy graduate.
Sheffield-born Aston, who is the son of current Director of Rugby Mark, will miss the chance to celebrate his new contract on the field after being ruled out of Sunday’s cup tie with Oldham with a shoulder injury.
Whilst Aston senior was disappointed to lose his son for the weekend he was delighted to tie down another key component of his squad following previous new deals for Steve Thorpe and Michael Knowles.
“I am obviously delighted,” Aston senior told The Star.
“Cory is Sheffield born and bred and his dream was always to play for the Sheffield Eagles. Two years ago he played four games, last year he played eight games and he has played the first five of this year, so there is no doubt he has a bright future with Sheffield Eagles.
“We have signed him on a five year contract which is the first time that Sheffield Eagles have done that, and it shows our commitment to him and his commitment to us.
“We knew that there were people keeping an eye on his progress so we are delighted to tie him up with this new deal.”
Aston junior is joined on the sidelines by winger Rob Worrincy but yesterday’s new signing Keale Carlile is set for his debut whilst Dominic Brambani is almost certain to be recalled after missing last weekend’s victory at Workington.
There is further good news for Eagles’ fans with close season signing Jamie Langley finally returning to full physical fitness, but his long awaited debut is in the balance after the former Great Britain international picked up a virus in midweek.
The Eagles host Oldham at the Keepmoat this Sunday with an earlier than usual 3pm kick off.