SHEFFIELD Eagles’ new signings are set to be given an early chance to claim a first team place.
Coach Mark Aston has been impressed by the commitment of the five who have joined the squad.
With several first team regulars – including last season’s top try scorer Quentin Laulu-Togagae - set to be sidelined for the opening game at Halifax the door is open.
“The lads will get an early chance,” said Aston. “They are all going to play and if they are training the best and hitting the mark where we want them they will get the nod. We have got a few injuries but it’s all on the training field and about people showing up there. Those that do get the chance.”
New signings backs Tom Armstrong (Swinton), Matt Garside (York), Patch Walker (Dewsbury), plus forward Colton Roche (Leeds) and hooker James Davey (Wakefield) are fitting in well.
“It is easy when lads come to a good environment and know a number of the guys – Patch knows Dom Brambani and Scotty Turner, James Davey was with us on loan last season, Matt Garside knows a few,” said Aston.
“Tom Armstrong is fitting in well and you can see the qualities he has from the system at St Helens.”
Eagles players will have a 12-day break over the festive season before returning to training on January 2. The team will play its only pre-season friendly two weeks later at French Elite club Limoux.