Confidence grows in Sheffield Eagles’ future

Sheffield Eagles - pic by Simon Hall
Sheffield Eagles - pic by Simon Hall
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Sheffield Eagles will be looking to rubber stamp their agreement this week with a new sponsor, as the club lose another star of last season following George Tyson’s return to Oldham.

The Eagles board are set to meet to discuss a number of issues as they look to secure their future following months of uncertainty.

Whilst it would now seem a formality that fresh investment will see Eagles into a new dawn, the club still need an answer on a venue for next season with a decision expected shortly. One of the other pressing issues will be stop the exodus of contracted players, with George Tyson joining Adam Neal in returning to Oldham after terminating his Eagles deal early.

Director Mark Aston says progress off the field is expected, with a meeting also planned with the club’s latest backer this week.

“It isn’t signed off just yet, it is close,” Aston said. “There is a meeting this week with the Board, and at the back end we have another meeting with the sponsor, so hopefully we will have everything agreed then. There are still a few more hurdles to jump across but I think that we will be fine with them.”

The greatest indication yet that an announcement is close came last week when the Eagles were included in the 2017 fixture programme, with Aston stating the Rugby League authorities are happy with the club’s current progress.

“This week we are hoping for a bit more news on it, but I am happy that we are very close,” he added.

“The Sponsor is very comfortable that it will all go ahead as planned. The RFL are in dialogue with us constantly, they know where we are up to and they are obviously happy because we are in the fixture programme for next season.”

The concern now is over further departures as the current impasse continues.

On his return to the Roughyeds, Tyson said: “I enjoyed my time at Sheffield, but due to the club’s unfortunate circumstances a return to Oldham was the right move.“I’ve a load of friends at Oldham and I’m getting a job outside rugby so everything is working out fine.”