Sheffield Eagles will be a fully fledged full-time operation once again for the start of next season, confirms director of rugby Mark Aston.
Currently a part-time club, the Eagles have been slowly building their framework on and off the field over the last 12 months, to be in a position to go full-time for the start of the 2016 season.
With key full-time appointments such as coach Keith Senior at the start of the campaign, it was a matter of time before the club made the step up, but today’s news arrives ahead of most fans’ expectations, and will be a major fillip for Aston’s side ahead the middle eight promotion/relegation showdown.
“It is very exciting times for Sheffield Eagles,” Aston told The Star. “After the win at the weekend we secured our top four place, and now we are delighted to make this announcement.
“You can see the significant difference it makes for teams like Leigh and Bradford in this division, so to put ourselves on a similar playing field for next season is fantastic for the club. We hope that this now will give us the grounding to take this club back into Super League one day which would be a significant achievement.”