SHEFFIELD EAGLES: Mark Aston is top coach of 2012

Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston
Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston
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SHEFFIELD Eagles’ boss Mark Aston has been voted the top coach in the Co-operative Championship in 2012 in a fans’ poll.

It follows Aston leading the Eagles to their first ever Grand Final win and makes up for being ignored when the league awards were announced at the end of last season.

Aston topped the poll run by the Rugby Leaguer and League Express weekly paper with 35 per cent of the votes ahead of Featherstone’s Daryl Powell – whose team the Eagles beat in the Grand Final.

Doncaster’s coach Tony Miller took the prize as top coach in Championship One.

Aston has had another boost in the run up to the new season with forward Alex Szostak not needing an immediate operation on a long-standing shoulder problem.

Aston said the back rower will need surgery at some time in the future but this can be delayed until the player decides he needs the treatment.

“It means Alex will be ready for the season and that’s good news,” said Aston.

The Eagles are seeking supporters who will act as match day volunteers during the coming season.

A meeting for those interested is being held in the VIP suite at Don Valley Stadium on Friday evening. Details on the club’s website.