Fitness could be key in Eagles’ season run-in

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Fitness could be key for Sheffield Eagles in season run-in

Eagles have been training full-time since November last year, and whilst the majority of the teams in the end of season Championship Shield are tiring after a long hard season, director Mark Aston’s work day in, day out with the Eagles could be the difference.

Largely it has been a season to forget, but over the past month Aston’s side have got stronger during the toughest part of the campaign. Whether that is down to their full-time status remains to be seen, but Aston says his players look strong ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Halifax.

“Against Whitehaven we set off better than we have all season” Aston said.

“We have picked our form up. We blew Whitehaven away in the last 20 minutes after a tough journey there. We have got some confidence now. Do we have an advantage? Possibly. But for me it is all on the day now.

“There are teams in there on 11 points with a little bit of desperation about them because they have to win. It will come down to who can handle the pressure.”

Meanwhile, talks continue over the potential takeover of the club. There has been no further news as discussions with the council and the three interested parties continue.

Aston is waiting news before he rubber stamps his plans for next season, but he has opened talks with a number of his players regarding their future.

“I have spoken to a number a number of people that we’d be keen on keeping here,” he said.

“I am not in a position to offer anything at this stage until the takeover is done. Over the next couple of weeks I want to be in a position where we are looking at getting members of our squad over the line for next season.

“We have to be patient but I am hoping to be able to have more discussions soon and then it is about getting them nailed down for 2017.”