Mark Aston believes his long-term future belongs on the training field as he looks to remain a full-time coach following the conclusion of an expected Sheffield Eagles takeover.
Since the club’s decision to go full-time from November last year, Aston has taken himself away from off-the-field matters, instead working on a day-to-day basis with his players and staff on the training ground.
The Eagles chief has often spoken of his desire to remain firmly focused on the coaching side, as he looks to guide the Eagles to Championship Shield glory over the next two months.
The club are currently in advanced takeover talks, with the discussions focused around keeping the club full-time.
That would leave Aston to concentrate fully on the playing side of the club, something he believes is essential to the club’s potential growth.
“I want to be the coach, and I want to keep developing that,” Aston told The Star.
“The behind-the-scenes stuff is not something that I want to jump back into. I have had a taste of being a full-time coach and I love it.
“It was always my dream to lead Sheffield Eagles as a full-time coach, so the last thing I want to do is move back away from that.
“That doesn’t mean that I won’t get back involved in the selling side of things, I am meeting people this week and next to talk about the club regarding getting involved in terms of sponsorship, but it isn’t my primary focus anymore.”
Aston’s first season full-time back on the training ground has been a challenging one. The Eagles have largely struggled but have shown signs of significant improvement in recent weeks. While the going has been tough, Aston has thoroughly enjoyed the experience which has allowed him a more balanced working routine.
“Have I enjoyed this last 12 months? Well, I’ll tell you now it has been tough, but it is nice to get up early in the morning, go to work on the training ground and then get home to my missus at a reasonable time,” he said.
“Having my evenings again is something that I haven’t had in 17 years because it has literally been 8am to 9pm most days until now. I have enjoyed the last 12 months but that doesn’t mean it has been easy. The commitment that we have to make as a full-time operation is very challenging.”