With an announcement of released players imminent, Mark Aston has challenged his squad to end the season on high as the curtain is set to come down on another chapter of Sheffield Eagles’ history.
Aston is expected to reveal names of players that won’t be retained next season as early as Monday, even though the season still has four games remaining.Aston has now internally spoken to the majority of his squad and with their futures all but confirmed, he has now challenged them to put all their energies into finishing the season on a high, with four tough Super 8 fixtures ahead of them.
“It has been a tough few weeks because decisions have been made,” Aston said.
“We are going full-time so there is a group of people that will not be together next season. I am immensely proud of them. We set ourselves objectives to finish in the top four and we have done that. I didn’t want the season to fizzle out and the players didn’t, so the victory last weekend was massive.
"They have stuck in there, bonded, and it was great to see us back. We need to make sure we finish off this part of the club’s history in style.”
Aston’s side have enjoyed a week off for today’s Challenge Cup Final, but the Eagles’ chief will be rallying his troops for one last big push, as he looks to upset the form book by gatecrashing the top six of the Super 8 standings.
“They have had a week away and then we will be back in and really focusing on the last four games, because we can still get into the top six, and make the million pound game,” added an upbeat Aston.
“Bradford had a great result and that throws it all back up and everybody is challenging. We have some belief and some confidence now and we are looking forward to it.”
Aston now sees the final four games as an opportunity for some of his squad to end their stay with the Eagles on a high, with the last two home games to be played back in Sheffield at Bramall Lane.
“We want to say thank you to the guys who will be leaving because this club wouldn’t be where it is now without them,” Aston emphasised.
“We come into the last four rounds with a smile on our faces and to enjoy the last part of this chapter of the club.”