Sheffield Eagles get early night before Whitehaven challenge

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Sheffield Eagles will be leaving no stone unturned as they look to be in the best possible shape for their fixture at Whitehaven.

Mark Aston’s side upset the form book by overpowering full-time London Broncos last week which kick started their Championship campaign. Now they head to the Recreation Ground this Sunday to face a Whitehaven side still looking for their first points of the season after back-to-back defeats against Bradford and Halifax. Aston will ensure that his side are fully prepared for the task in hand by taking his troops overnight breaking up the four hour pilgrimage.

It will be a tough task going up to Whitehaven but we are going to be very thorough and professional in the way we approach the game,

Mark Aston

“It will be a tough task going up to Whitehaven but we are going to be very thorough and professional in the way we approach the game,” he told The Star. “We are going to stay over the night before; something that we haven’t done for a couple of years. That will give us the opportunity to prepare as we should do for the game and give us the right platform to get a result. We have to build on the London performance. We need to make sure that we are consistent and I believe we have a group here that will be.”

It promises to be a highly-competitive season following the re-introduction of promotion and relegation plus the inclusion of former Super League heavyweights Bradford Bulls following last season’s relegation. The Eagles might not be grabbing the limelight just yet but that sits well with Aston who remains confident his side can mix it with the big boys. “In the build-up to the season I heard plenty of talk around Bradford, London, Leigh, Featherstone and Halifax. Sheffield don’t get a mention which is great because I’m very happy staying below the radar. We know our capabilities, if we keep doing what we are doing and keep impressing ourselves then we know we can have a successful season.”

Meanwhile Sunday’s opponents Whitehaven have appointed James Coyle as their new head coach following the departure of Stephen Deakin. Coyle had been in caretaker charge of first team affairs over the past two weeks and will now remain in the role for the remainder of the season.