Eagles bid to regain that buzz

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Sheffield Eagles aim to restore their momentum after the big day at Owlerton Stadium was washed out by the winter storms.

First priority for coach Mark Aston is launching the defence of their Championship title with a win at Swinton Lions.

The opening game of the season against Rochdale and return to the greyhound stadium after 25 years was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

“The disappointment of last Sunday was that people were buzzing and we would have had a really good crowd,” said Aston.

“The postponement has taken the gloss off the occasion and we need to remind people that we are back in S6.” Aston expects to have an almost fully fit squad for the trip to Leigh Sports Village, where Swinton play their home games.

Eagles have confirmed that back row forward Alex Szostak will not play for the club this season. The Scottish international underwent shoulder surgery recently and also wants to concentrate on his job as a genetic technologist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

He hopes to return to rugby in the 2015 season,saying: “I have a had a fantastic time over the past five years playing for Sheffield Eagles and Scotland.”