Sheffield Eagles have confirmed the re-signing of three of their young stars ahead of the 2015 season.
Jack Blagbrough, Connor Scott and Tom Ashton have all signed one-year extensions with the club, having made a combined 22 appearances throughout the 2014 season which saw the Eagles fall at the semi-final stage of the Championship playoffs.
Blagbrough was an off-season acquisition from Huddersfield Giants, and racked up 11 appearances in the front row during his first season in South Yorkshire. He scored three tries in that time, which remarkably all came in a 70-28 victory over London Skolars in the Challenge Cup at Owlerton Stadium back in April.
Scott and Ashton are the latest success stories from the Eagles’ thriving youth system, having progressed through the ranks at the club from an early age. Centre Ashton notched a Cup try in the defeat to Super League opponents Castleford Tigers in just his second senior match, whilst Scott made four first-team appearances for Mark Aston’s side in the pack.
Aston has made some impressive signings since the culmination of last season, but insists the core of local youngsters is just as important to the club’s long-term success.
He said: “They’ve all got massive amounts of potential and we’re delighted that they want to stay here.
“They still have areas in their game they can get better on and we want to help them improve. Jack played a good number of games last season, and Tom has improved year on year through our systems.
“I have a big belief in Connor, he can make it but just needs to start believing in himself a bit more.
“We set the club up to bring young, local lads through all those years ago and that is still very much the focus. We have to keep developing these players.”
“I think clubs make too many decisions too early to write young players off and I don’t want to do that. I want to make sure we have a good under-23s and the lads that play in there every week are ready to step up when they are needed.”