Sheffield Eagles: Hunt well on the way for full-time players

Mark Aston
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Sheffield Eagles have already started the hunt for players and staff after announcing their return to a full time operation for next season.

The Eagles had been expected to make the jump at some point but the news has come much earlier than expected and will provide a big boost as they enter the middle eight stage of the season.

Director of rugby Mark Aston says plans are well underway while current squad members will be given the opportunity to step up to the full time platform.

“We now need to look for full-time players, you either do it, and commit fully to it or you don’t,” he told the Star.

“We have made the commitment now, and having a fully full-time squad will be huge help.

“This year has been a transition year with the likes of Keal Carlile, Jamie Langley etc being full-time, next year won’t be, we will all be the same.

“Recruitment will now be key to get players here, and then there will be tough calls to make because we have players here who potentially cannot go full-time with work commitments, but we have to evolve and move forward.”

The Eagles have been building framework on and off the pitch for the past 12 months in order to make the move to full time for the start of the 2016 season.

Just three of the 12 Championship clubs currently work on a full time basis with two of those relegated from Super League last year.

Aston said: “It is very exciting times for Sheffield Eagles

“We secured our top four place by winning at the weekend and now we are delighted to make this announcement.”