Catalans loan duo Stan Robin and Thibaut Margalet will have a big impact at Sheffield Eagles, says director Mark Aston.
Robin bagged a try on his debut in the home defeat to Oldham last week as Aston’s side slipped to another disappointing defeat. Margalat will make his debut against London Broncos this weekend. “These are good kids,” he said. “The Catalans coach couldn’t speak highly enough of them. Stan has got a bit of class about him. Once he knows more about us and what we want from him, he will be a forceful player for us. He look forward to seeing him in action.”
Alongside fellow new signing Nathan Chappell, Aston hopes that the latest injection of new faces will give his side a boost ahead of the final three games of the regular season, before the end of season showdown.
“Stan is tough and strong, he has also got that little bit of grubbiness in him – we will see that more and more,” he added of Robin.
“He can play in a number of positions. He is still young, he has been unlucky because Catalans have got the likes of Todd Carney, Richie Myler, Thomas Bosc – the list goes on.”
Aston hopes that once his trio have firmly bedded their roots in the Eagles’ camp, his side will start to flourish.
He again pointed to a number of players being down in performance during the defeat against Oldham, but now has the option to change things ahead of the weekend, adding: “There are so many players up and down. Some of the senior players have been up and down again and they have to be accountable. We need to be better, disciplined and try and be consistent.”
Aston will still be without versatile centre George Tyson for Sunday’s trip south to face Andrew Henderson’s in-form London side. The 22-year-old is sitting out the second game of a two match ban following his red card against Swinton Lions.