SHEFFIELD EAGLES: Mark Aston poised to make changes

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SHEFFIELD Eagles boss Mark Aston’s patience with some players’ performances is running out and he’s pondering changes.

Aston has adopted a policy of consistency in team selection this season but shake-up could be on the way after the defeat at Leigh.

“We have to perform and if people don’t do what they are asked to do then I will get somebody who will,” he said.

“Some people let themselves down at Leigh. We had talked about staying in the systems but the lads didn’t do that.”

That could see a reshuffle for Friday night’s Northern Rail Cup quarter-final against Hunslet Hawks at Don Valley Stadium

Aston has options particularly in the forwards with Ryan Hepworth and Sam Scott showing up well in the Anglo-French Challenge game.

In the backs Duane Straugheir will be available and Pat Smith and new signing Jack Latus both got valuable game time against French Champions Carcassone.

At the moment there is no sign of Aston seeking a possible dual registration loan from a Super League club but he added: “We will be looking out there.”

Six first-team regulars were rested for the trip to Carcassone but their return at Leigh didn’t have the effect Aston had hoped for.

He said: “The lads have to be honest with themselves and the guys who had a week’s rest have to ask if they had done what they needed to do.

“Had people prepared ready to come into a physical encounter at Leigh?

“I won’t use the French thing as an excuse but there is no excuse for how we performed at Leigh.”

Eagles reserves beat Keighley Cougars 46-20 in the Under-23 Championship at the weekend.