SHEFFIELD EAGLES: Misfiring Simon Brown faces the chop

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SHEFFIELD Eagles’ coach Mark Aston may leave his top points scorer on the sidelines for tonight’s game against York City Knights.

Stand-off and main goal-kicker Simon Brown could be relegated to the bench or even out of the 17.

“I’ve not been happy with certain individuals who were told to lift their form but haven’t done so,” Aston said. “There will be changes.”

Brown has scored 149 points this season but his half-back partnership with Dominic Brambani has been misfiring.

Aston can turn to the more direct style of Dane McDonald or move the exciting but unpredictable Quentin Laulu-Togagae to six. James Davey signed on loan from Wakefield Wildcats is a hooker but offers an option. Centre or back rower Duane Straugheir is pushing for a recall against his former club.

Eagles are going for their fourth win in Cup and League games over York this season at Don Valle, (7.30pm.) The focus will also be on the attendance after only 286 watched last week’s game.

Aston said: “There no complacency. We’ve not been ripping the trees up at half-back. Certain people aren’t doing what I want and I’m accountable for the team. I’ll be looking at freshening the team and taking out people who aren’t doing the job.”

York have been hit by the decision of player-coach Chris Thorman to join Huddersfield Giants as assistant coach. Thorman, 31, started his career at the Eagles and was a player at Huddersfield for six seasons.

He’s had a tough start as a coach with York only gaining their first league win in the last round of matches.