Young Aston set for Eagles bow on pre-season tour

Eagles coach Mark Aston
Eagles coach Mark Aston
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SHEFFIELD Eagles’ boss Mark Aston is set to give a first team debut to his teenage son Cory in the friendly at Limoux Grizzlies today.

The 17-year-old is one of three Academy players whose form in pre-season training has earned a trip to south-west France.

The trio plus four reserve squad players are expected to be used in the second half but how much time they get will depend on the state of the game.

“Some younger ones, Cory, my lad, Tino Decaro, Liam Ellis are in the squad,” said Aston, who played a record 389 games for the Eagles between 1985 and 2004. “I’ve no qualms about giving them a chance it’ll build the hunger to progress.”

Reserve squad players Connor Scott, Sam Williamson, Leigh Sanders and Tom Ashton will also get a run out.

“There is no point in taking the lads and not having a look at them, how long they do will be determined by how the game is and the conditions,” added Aston. “We might not give them very much time.”

“We have to pick it right, we will start very strong as will Limoux and then inject players as it’s right.”

Four or five potential first team regulars have stayed at home because of injuries or work commitments but the starting line up will be strong.

With the first league game at Halifax two weeks away Aston needs to check on players fitness and see most of his new signings in action.

Misi Taulapapa is set to start at fullback in place of Quentin Laulu-Togagae who is in rehab after a knee operation. The focus will also be on how new signing from Dewsbury Patch Walker goes as he renews the half-back partnership he had with Dominic Brambani at the Rams.