Stadium ‘a chance for Eagles to plant flag’

Artists impressions of the new community stadium and Olympic Legacy Park, to be built on the former Don Valley Stadium site
Artists impressions of the new community stadium and Olympic Legacy Park, to be built on the former Don Valley Stadium site
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Sheffield Eagles boss Mark Aston says their new stadium will be a chance for the supporters to “plant their flag” in the city.

The Eagles were part of a public briefing last night for the whole Olympic Legacy Park, where representatives from the University Technical College, the school and Sheffield Sharks also spoke about how their parts of the project are progressing.

Despite the impressive presentation, an Eagles supporter asked in the Q and A section of the briefing whether there was a chance that the new stadium would not come to fruition. The suggestion was emphatically dismissed, but Aston says he understands fans’ inhibitions.

He said: “Over the years we have been moved from pillar to post, it’s a significant development for Sheffield Eagles because it gives the fans a home.

“I think everyone is going to be edgy about it, I’m still edgy about it. But the fans have turned up and asked the questions, and they have been answered by Richard Caborn and the main people.

“The supporters will have walked away and talked about it and tweeted it, which will make everybody start buying into it.”

It was revealed at the meeting that the leaders of the project have held advanced discussions with brands such as Toshiba, Panasonic, Siemens and B. Braun to be involved, something Aston believes the Eagles can benefit from.

He continued: “There’s a chance for us to work with them, not just as businesses but corporately as well.

“You’re talking about some of the biggest players in worldwide industry being a part of it, which is obviously exciting for us all.”

* Two of the Eagles’ new recruits, Australians Steve Thorpe and Blake South, have landed in the country. They will be joined by Ben Musolino who arrives today, ahead of the club beginning pre-season training tomorrow.