Open house policy for Sheffield Eagles

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No door is closed on any player, says Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston as he looks to patch up his side for the crucial final phase of the season.

With two relegation four-pointers in as many weeks on home soil set to begin with the visit of Dewsbury on Sunday, Aston has concerns over the freshness of his squad following the mammoth trip to Toronto Wolfpack last weekend.

Eagles coach has also confirmed winger Ryan Millar has torn both his biceps which could leave him sidelined for the season, leaving the door open for Iliess Macani who has been out on loan at League One side London Skolars

With the likes of Blake Broadbent and Kieran Moran also getting game time in League One with Hemel Stags, Aston has kept the door open knowing he may need every spare body as he attempts to stave off relegation.

“We need to pull as many back into the system now, and get ourselves set for the run-in,” Aston told The Star.

“Ryan Millar looks like he’s done for the season, so if Ben Blackmore is out then we are going into the last few games with no wingers.

“We’ll pull Iliess back, we need to do what we have to do. He’ll be back in contention.

“He’ll be in this week. I’ve always said the door is open to everyone, and if we had any issues and injuries, then we had the option of pulling him back.

“We had to keep everyone firing because you never know. We might have a week when we don’t have anyone from Saints, or we could lose Cory (Aston), so we have to keep everyone ready as we try and get through the last 10 games. The door is always open.”

Youngster Broadbent, along with Moran, have been regulars with Hemel as Aston looks to get some valuable game time into his players, with the Eagles chief no longer having the luxury of a reserve side.

“The situation is the same for Blake Broadbent and Kieran Moran who have played a few games now at Hemel on dual-reg, we have kept an eye on their progress,” he continued.

“They are playing every week and that is important to us. The feedback we are getting, particularly Blake, is that he is developing quite nicely.”

Meanwhile, the kick off time for Sunday’s showdown with Dewsbury at the OLP has been moved to 12 noon.