Sheffield Eagles: Confidence should be high in Championship Shield insists Mark Aston

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Sheffield Eagles should have no doubts about their ability to succeed in the Championship Shield, says coach Mark Aston.

In a season where confidence in the Eagles’ camp has often been fragile, Aston’s side have saved their best form for the final stretch of the campaign, following some eye catching performances over the past month.

During the dark days of May and June this year when the Eagles didn’t win a game, a relegation scrap looked on the cards.

And whilst survival isn’t guaranteed yet, a resurgent July has seen the Eagles firmly looking up rather than behind going into the Championship Shield.

Aston says that the Eagles fragile state of mind is now a thing of the past, with his squad brimming with confidence ahead of Sunday’s trip to Halifax.

“We have some confidence and some belief, we shouldn’t have any doubts now going into this final stretch of the season,” Aston told The Star. “We have showed we can beat the top clubs like London and we have now shown we can beat the teams scrapping like Whitehaven, we have pushed a very good Leigh team to the max as well.

“I am really happy that we have had a break, the lads have been refreshed and they are buzzing knowing that we have a big game against Halifax to look forward to at the end of the week.”

Meanwhile, Aston has confirmed French duo Stan Robin and Thibaut Margalet will be available for all Championship Shield fixtures.

Both have made a big impact since arriving on loan from Super League side Catalans, with Aston stating that the terms of their loan agreement covers the end of season showdown.

“The lads have been back to France for a couple of days, but they are back now and are with us on the training ground,” Aston added.

“We have got those lads for the rest of the Shield which is a massive boost.

“They have been a really good acquisition for us; they have added a bit more strength and a bit more quality to us.

“On his day Stan can score tries and that’s a big thing, whilst Thibaut is very aggressive and strong - he will only get better.

“I have been delighted with those two, they have brought a real positive attitude to the club as well.”

Kick off on Sunday at The Shay is 3pm.