Dual-reg boost for depleted Sheffield Eagles

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Sheffield Eagles’ connections with St Helens are set to give Mark Aston a welcome boost tomorrow as injuries again cause havoc in the ranks.

With Cory Aston recalled from his loan by Castleford and Josh Toole picking up a fresh injury, the dual-registration agreement with the Super League Saints has come to the rescue.

Adam Swift is set to join regulars Matty Costello, Jack Ashworth and Jake Spedding for tomorrow’s visit of Halifax (kick-off: 3pm).

Winger Swift, a regular for Saints until injury struck in March, joins up with the Eagles along with fit-again centre Spedding, plus Costello and Ashworth - two major players last weekend as the Eagles defeated Rochdale.

“We have Jake Spedding back along with Matty Costello and Jack Ashworth,” Aston confirmed.

“We have also got Adam Swift which gives us some good news because we have lost a few again. It is good to get Jake back because he has been out for a number of weeks. He is fresh now and desperate to play.

“It is the same with Adam. He is a good kid, he wants to play, he wants to come here and get some game-time, which is great. The boys from Saints have been outstanding to a man. I have no qualms about fetching them inm and giving them what they need. It works for us, it works for the players and it works for Saints. Everybody wins.

Aston confirmed that half-back Simon Brown is out along with James Bentley after both limped out of the fray at Spotland last weekend.

Toole also looks set for spell on the sidelines.

“Josh has had a crack on his eye socket and we are awaiting the results from that one, so he is probably out for a number of weeks,” Aston added.

The Eagles have confirmed that they have set up a dual-registration agreement with League One side Hemel Stags.

Coached by ex-Eagle Jack Howieson, Hemel are set to take Iliess Macani, Blake Broadbent and Kieran Moran for their game against Workington Town tomorrow afternoon.

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