Sheffield Eagles: Mark Aston's men to kick off new season with long trip to Workington

Eagles coach Mark Aston
Eagles coach Mark Aston
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Sheffield Eagles will begin the 2016 Kingstone Press Championship campaign with a long journey to Workington Town on Sunday February 7 (3pm).

The Eagles will make the pilgrimage to Cumbria looking for a similar outcome to their last trip to Derwent Park when they recorded a 14-12 victory.

Mark Aston’s side will begin their home campaign against Richard Marshall’s Halifax, although the Eagles have yet to confirm where they will be playing their home fixtures for next season.

The opening month of February is ended with an away game against John Kear’s Batley Bulldogs (Sunday February 21, 3pm) and a home fixture with Championship newcomers Swinton Lions (Sunday February 28).

The Eagles will end their campaign with an away fixture back in Cumbria against Whitehaven, kick off 6.30pm.

Sheffield will lock horns with the Championship’s second newcomer Oldham on Sunday April 10 (3pm) at the Whitebank Stadium.

The Summer Bash at Blackpool FC’s Bloomfield Road will be returning after a successful debut in 2015, and in a repeat fixture to last season will see the Eagles face Andrew Henderson’s London Broncos.

The clash will take place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend of May 28 and 29, and again will be covered extensively on Sky Sports. The Eagles will play on the 28th with a 2.30pm kick off, and will be looking for a better Summer Bash experience than last year after a heavy 46-6 defeat to the Broncos.

Other stand-out fixtures for the Eagles include home games with Championship heavyweights Bradford Bulls on Sunday May 15, and Leigh Centurions on Sunday July 17.

All of the Eagles’ home fixtures will be subject to change as they wait for a decision on where they will be playing next season.

They played the 2015 season at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium, and a deal exists to continue to play there next season, but the Eagles would favour a return to the Steel City with Bramall Lane and Hillsborough both being mooted over recent months.