Teenage half-back Cory Aston is to be promoted to the Sheffield Eagles first team squad next year.
The son of coach Mark Aston has earned a senior contract after coming through the club’s development system. “He will be in the first team squad” said Aston senior. “Corey has earned the place and was great this year when we played him. He is one for the future and I expect him to play more games next year.”
The 18-year-old made his debut as a substitute in the early rounds of the Challenge Cup and played three league games scoring four tries. He will provide cover for regular half-back pairing of Dominic Brambani and Patch Walker. Aston has also made his first signing from outside the club bringing in prop forward Ben Jones from Dewsbury.
Jones, 25, who came through the Leeds Academy and played in the Super League for London has a one-year deal. He will fill a gap by the loss of Colton Roche to Featherstone.
Aston said: “Ben’s a tough front rower and has an excellent attitude and is the type of player we want. He’s got the best years of his career ahead of him and he’s excited about coming to the club.”