French farce frustrating for Aston but Eagles look ahead to game time

After one false start Sheffield Eagles hope to get in some valuable game time this weekend.

A strike by French air traffic controllers forced the last-minute cancellation of the pre-season training camp and game at Limoux.

There won’t be those kind of problems as the Eagles head for York to play a game that doubles as a testimonial for hooker Andrew Henderson.

The game at the Huntington Stadium, on Sunday, kick-off 3pm, has assumed a new importance.

Coach Mark Aston says he’s no fan of ‘friendlies’ but admits York offers a challenge that can’t be covered in training.

“It was frustrating having to cancel the French trip, it would have been good to get the lads together for three days,” he said. “That’s behind us now and we’ve got a chance to blow some of the ‘rust’ away.

“We’re supporting Andrew Henderson as well so it’s a game I’m sure the fans will want to see.”

Eagles’ return to Owlerton Stadium for the first game of the new season against Rochdale is only a week away and Aston can assess his options.

New signing USA international Lelauloto Tagaloa is set to miss the start of the season as he waits for a visa.