Sheffield Eagles will be motivated...by an 80-0 defeat!

Sheffield Eagles: no motivation speech required. Pic: Simon Hall.
Sheffield Eagles: no motivation speech required. Pic: Simon Hall.

Director Mark Aston won’t need any Churchillian speeches to rouse his troops for tomorrow’s Championship Shield final against Bradford Bulls.

The long-serving coach only needs to remind his side of the 80-0 drubbing they succumbed to only a fortnight ago. Coupled with the fact that off-the-field troubles could yet result in the culmination of Rugby League in the Steel City and his team talk has been made for him.

“I’m not going to have to motivate them after what happened at Odsal last time. We want to make amends for the embarrassment of our last visit. We had a real smack in the chops, and that is not what we want to be remembered for. We want to be remembered for fighting to the end. We started this journey off nine weeks ago, we aimed to get to the final and we have done. At the end of the day, this is a final.

“We have had some ups and some downs on the journey and now we have the chance to finish off on a high and write our own story.”

Aston has skipper Steve Thorpe back and available following a one match ban and will play his final game for the club before returning to Australia.

Thibaut Margalet and Menzie Yere also want to be involved, with Aston claiming he will have a tough call on team selection.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive John Whaling has confirmed the club will settle an unpaid tax bill for £17,600 as talks continue with the front runner to take over the club.

Whaling says that talks are continuing to progress and is hopeful of having a signature in the next two to three weeks.

He also confirmed that sufficient progress has been made for Aston to sit down and begin talks with players next week.