Sheffield Eagles director Mark Aston needs some time away to reflect after defeat in the Championship Shield final to Bradford Bulls.
Eagles again showed all the fighting qualities from their semi-final victory over Halifax, but went down 27-16.
Aston hailed his side for not giving up but has made no commitment on his future for next season as the club look to tie up a takeover within the next month.
“We had a massive dig but just fell short at the end,” Aston said. “I am immensely proud of them. We have had a tough year and the boys have gone right to the end. We spoke about writing our own story at the end,and we tried. I need to sit back and have a look at the next couple of weeks myself now. I have gone a little bit greyer, I’ve got older - it has taken a lot out of me. We will have a few beers, enjoy ourselves, then I have to clear my head and see what the next steps are.”
Whilst a takeover now looks likely for Eagles, the aftershock of what has been a tumultuous three month period has taken its toll on Aston, and other members of the Board who have been working round the clock to save the club.
“Anybody who saw us come at Bradford a fortnight ago, we got 80 points put up us, so to come again and push them to the wire was a credit to them,” Aston added.
“I am so proud of them because they have had plenty of adversity this season. There are a lot of players who have signed off today, and some of them have been a credit to the club.