Sheffield Eagles must try and keep hold of their young talent

Mark Aston
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Mark Aston says it is imperative that Sheffield Eagles keep a nucleus of last season’s talent.

Aston, who has now been officially named as the club’s temporary Chief Executive again following the departure of John Whaling, is helping finalise a club-saving takeover, the speed of which will be key to how many of last season’s squad stick around.

The club confirmed that talks are still ongoing to try and secure their future and tie down a venue for next season.

Several players have departed, whilst the club have stated that all players are free to move on with the club’s long term future still up in the air.

Aston though is desperate to hang on to a clutch of young talent which showed genuine signs of progression during a strong finish to the end of last season.

“There are always going to be people that leave but the nucleus of people here can be the future of the club for the next 10 years,” Aston said.

“That’s what I do, I don’t go out and sign big names, we fetch in people who can add something to this squad and develop along the way. If that breaks up, how do we start that all up again because there is a shortage of quality players out there.”

Whilst Whaling wasn’t on the club’s Board, he was the main figure in the quest for survival which now lies with Aston along with fellow directors Ian Anniss and Chris Noble.

The long-time coach has had to watch as the likes of Rob Worrincy, Nathan Chappell, Steve Thorpe and Dave Hewitt have moved on, whilst he has previously confirmed Keal Carlile and Michael Knowles would also be departing.

Meanwhile, there have been reports that coach Keith Senior has left the club, but whilst The Star understands that this may be a little premature, there will be a degree of uncertainty around all positions until a takeover is completed.