Victorious Eagles need a home for the trophy

Rugby Championship Final ......Sheffield Eagles skipper Mitch Stringer and coach Mark Aston with the trophy
Rugby Championship Final ......Sheffield Eagles skipper Mitch Stringer and coach Mark Aston with the trophy
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Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston is optimistic about winning the next battle after bringing the Championship trophy back to the city for a second successive year.

Eagles beat Batley Bulldogs 19-12 in the Grand Final on the day they were made homeless.

Aston is confident the club will move on and find a new base to replace doomed Don Valley Stadium where they have played for 23 years.

“We need a trophy cabinet to put the trophy in!” said Aston. “The main thing is that we stay in Sheffield and we’re working with the council to get a facility,” he said.

“We need somewhere we can call home for the first team to play at. It’s sad that Don Valley has closed on the day we made history but another chapter will open.”

Aston said the uncertainty hasn’t affected the players who have already set their target for next season.

“The lads were outstanding in the final. It baffles me why Sheffield Eagles didn’t get club of the year and that was a bit of a motivation for the guys.

“I know they have set themselves a task for next year, making it three titles.””

Eagles’ hopes for 2014 centre on a move back to Owlerton Stadium where the original club was launched in 1984.

The club is seeking aid from the council to bring the stadium in line with the needs of rugby league. Eagles officials say their proposals have been “well received”.

Plans would include using seating from Don Valley to create a new 1,200 stand at Owlerton and improved floodlighting.

Aston added: “We are going to have state-of-the-art training facilities at Hallam University’s complex on Bawtry Road but we need somewhere to play first team games and to call home for the next couple of years.”