THE spirit of the ‘Old Sheffield Eagles’ is back in the current team believes coach Mark Aston.
The head coach says the attitude in the squad has brought back memories of the team he joined as a young player in the mid-1980s.
There’s the same determination to beat the odds and that’s carried the Eagles through three play-off rounds to the Grand Final.
“This takes me back 25 years when I first started at Sheffield Eagles – that was the key, people couldn’t understand what we had,” he said.
“It was a special feeling that made us a ‘team’. People like Dale Laughton, Rocky Turner, Keith Senior, Daryl Powell, Mick Cook – people wanted to be with the club. In the changing room now it’s like that again.
“That’s why we keep exceeding other people’s expectations. I’m really proud that we’ve got that in the club.”
The Eagles will again be the outsiders when they face Featherstone Rovers in the Grand Final at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday. It’s a repeat of last year’s final which saw the Eagles outclassed and hammered 40-4.
Aston added: “We know we’re the underdogs but we’ve got a mental toughness and a desire like the ‘old Eagles’.
“It’s been a tough year and we’ve had some ups and downs but we’ve got to a Grand Final again and the only thing we can do better now is to go there and win it.”
The Grand Finals featuring Sheffield Eagles and Doncaster will be shown live on satellite TV channel Premier Sports Extra.