Sheffield Eagles welcome back duo ahead of Wakefield clash

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Sheffield Eagles will have duo Sam Smeaton and Tony Tonks back from injury and ready to take the field for the Eagles for the final time against Wakefield tomorrow (3pm).

Centre Smeaton missed the Eagles defeat against Hull KR last week with a shoulder injury, whilst prop Tonks has been out with an ankle problem.

Both have been passed fit to play if selected with Director of Rugby Mark Aston facing a tough call on whether to give his departing players one last hurrah, or stick with young winger Ryan Millar who bagged a hat-trick in the defeat to Rovers.

“Both have them have passed the tests over the last couple of nights,” Aston told The Star.

“They have trained intensely so that’s good. Sam would probably have been okay for last week if it was a Sunday and not a Friday, whilst Tony has put his hand up and said he is willing to do whatever we need him to do.

“Obviously on the back of that I have a welcome nightmare to try and pick the right team. Sam is back who has played a huge role for us over the last year, but then you have got young Ryan who was the player of the round and walking out with the match ball last week.”

Aston faces a tough call but admitted that he wouldn’t let sentiment dictate his decision, emphasising he is desperate to finish the campaign with a victory.

“It is a dilemma but we know what we need to do and that is to pick the best team,” he added.

“We’ll pick the team that will get the performance and result on Sunday. They are all putting their hands up to play, they are all excited.

“They enjoyed the game at Bramall Lane last time out; they want to play so let us make sure we sign off one of the most successful seasons in the short history of the Sheffield Eagles in style.”

Wakefield need a victory to ensure home advantage in the ‘million pound game’ as they look to preserve their Super League status, and Aston isn’t expecting an end of season stroll for either side.

“We have identified areas in their defence which we think we can exploit. There is still a lot at stake for both sides and we want to sign off with a win,” he confirmed.