Sheffield Eagles’ signing Blake South has paid tribute to his new coach Mark Aston.
The Australian, 22, arrived from North Sydney Bears in the New South Wales Cup competition, two weeks ago. He has started pre-season training with the squad and has been made to feel welcome in Sheffield.
“Tubbs (Aston) impressed me from the first session” South said. “Seeing first-hand how he coaches and what he wants is inspiring.
“He has helped me to settle in; if it was someone else I might have felt like going home, but Mark has welcomed me brilliantly.”
South joins Steve Thorpe and Ben Musolino as an Aussie new recruit, and with the South Sea Island contingent coupled with a crux of local talent, he thinks the mix of cultures will be good for the team.
He continued: “All the boys have been getting along in training. Even though we have come from Australia, we’ve fitted straight in. I think that’s why Mark wanted all the players here pretty early so we could get that team chemistry.
“It’s a real positive that we’re all here training already.
“From what I’ve seen, this side has what it takes to be successful this season.
“I’ve been talking a lot with Nick Ward, our strength and conditioning coach, and he’s one of the best I’ve worked with. Training is tough but really good.”
Despite being used to the sunnier climes of Sydney, South is enjoying Sheffield. “It will take a bit of time to adapt to but I’ll get there.
“I’ve never seen the snow so hopefully we get some.”