Senior signing boosts Aston’s Eagles staff, as prop pair 
battle injuries

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Player signings have been low-key for Sheffield Eagles - but coach Mark Aston has pulled off a coup to strengthen his backroom staff.

Former international star Keith Senior, who was part of the 1998 Challenge Cup winning squad, is rejoining as part of the coaching team.

It’s a boost for Aston as the Eagles attempted to make it three successive Championship titles in the season ahead.

“I’m delighted that Keith wants to come here and be part of the Eagles again,” Aston said.

“Keith is a legend in the game and is part of the history of the club.”

Senior played 140 games for the Eagles between 1996 and 1999, before a big money move to Leeds Rhinos.

There, he made 319 appearances and won just about every honour the game has to offer, before retiring two years ago.

He joins Dave Larder and Andrew Henderson, who has a dual role as player and coach, on Aston’s staff.

Eagles supporters feel the club is on to a winner with the move back to Owlerton next season.

There was clear support from around 150 who packed a meeting at the greyhound stadium where the club was launched in 1984.

Eagles’ director John Whaling said: “The viewing positions all around the ground are better than it was at Don Valley.

“Fans will be closer and we’re hoping that we will get about 1500 a game.”

The first team home games will be on Sunday afternoons, with an earlier 2pm kick-off time.

The Eagles may start the new season without prop forwards Eddie Battye and Liam Higgins, who are both recovering from injuries in the play-offs.

Back rower Duane Straugheir is also a doubt with a hernia problem.

Aston said: “It’s been a short turnaround since the Grand Final and we’re monitoring a few, but we’ve got cover in the squad.”