SHEFFIELD EAGLES: Mark Aston faces stick or change dilemma

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SHEFFIELD Eagles boss Mark Aston is faced with a decision on whether to break up a winning team.

Second row forward Alex Szostak and utility man Dane McDonald will both be available for the game against Dewsbury Rams.

The pair’s two-match ban ended with the Eagles 25-18 win at York City Knights and McDonald is likely to be fit after a rib injury.

Aston said: “It’s the kind of problem you want to have.

We have to pick the team that will beat Dewsbury.

“Alex Szostak and Dane McDonald are back in contention; Scott Turner is recovering from his rib injury and will be available.

“That gives us competition for places which is important.”

Scottish international Szostak, who recently passed 100 games for the club, is the most likely to force his way into the starting line.

That will face Aston with deciding between back rowers Joe Hirst, Michael Knowles and Peter Green who all had big games at York.

McDonald was running into form before his injury and suspension. He can play stand-off or loose-forward and that utility value could get him a place on the bench.

Dewsbury’s visit on Friday night is followed by a home game against Batley Bulldogs the following Thursday, both games at Bramall Lane.

Aston added: “There were lots of positives from York. All the squad will be in contention; they’re all are competitive and all want to play.”