Sheffield Eagles boss Mark Aston hopes to make at least one new signing for the 2014 season in the next few days.
Aston has a deadline to add to the squad before switching to his role coaching Ireland in the Rugby League World Cup later this month.
His targets are young players released by Super League clubs but he also hopes promote from the Eagles’ development system. “We have the nucleus of a squad we can build around,” he said. “The lads we are looking at may have played Super League or maybe not but have potential. We have kept tabs on a few players this season and over the next weeks there will certainly be one or two added.”
Aston’s teenage son Cory and Connor Scott are likely to be promoted from the club’s development system.
Centre Tom Armstrong’s move to Leigh Centurions for next season has been confirmed.
Armstrong scored 19 tries as the Eagles retained their Championship title but is switching to a club closer to his St Helens home as he completes a university course in Manchester.
A centre could be a target but Aston added: “I’m always looking but we have people in the squad - Matt Garside and Duane Straugheir can play in the centres. We have plenty of cover.”
Aston has announced a 24-man Ireland squad which includes forward Colton Roche who is leaving the Eagles to join Featherstone next season. The squad start their training camp in Lancashire later this month.
Eagles’ general manager Andy Giles will be Ireland team manager and Brian Moore will be kit man.