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Sheffield Eagles are a team on the up, after London Broncos and Barrow Raiders games

It might only have featured a single victory, but Sheffield Eagles’ last two performances have given director Mark Aston the confidence to suggest his side have ‘turned the corner’.

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Mike Weldon during Sheffield Eagles' Summer Bash clash with Barrow. Picture: Alex Coleman, ADC Photography.

Sheffield Eagles coach impressed by Weldon

The Sheffield Eagles-St Helens connection looks to have paid dividends again after former Saints youngster Mike Weldon became Mark Aston’s latest addition.

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On loan Cory Aston leads Sheffield Eagles to victory over Barrow

A Cory Aston-inspired Sheffield Eagles notched a 38-22 victory over Barrow Raiders at the Summer Bash.

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New loan deal helps injury-laden Sheffield Eagles

New loan deal helps injury-laden Sheffield Eagles

Sheffield Eagles are set to welcome back half-back Cory Aston for tomorrow’s Summer Bash showdown with Barrow Raiders after sealing a new one-month loan deal with the club.

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Eagles player Paddy Burns.

Sheffield Eagles youngster sets an example for older players

He may be a doubt for tomorrow’s Summer Bash encounter with Barrow, but 20-year-old Paddy Burns could prove to be a tough act to follow after impressing coach Mark Aston.

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Sheffield Eagles captain looks forward to televised Summer Bash

Matty James says the Summer Bash gives the game an ‘extra buzz’, but the question remains whether the influential skipper will be fit for the Championship’s showpiece event.

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Sheffield Eagles v Batley Bulldogs.'Batley's Joe Chandler is tackled by Sheffield's Matty Fozard.'.'Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe

Sheffield Eagles: Matty Fozard hopes for better news in Summer Bash against Barrow Raiders

Fit-again Matty Fozard is looking to make it third-time lucky as Sheffield Eagles look to kick-start their season against Barrow Raiders at Saturday’s Summer Bash.

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Sheffield Eagles: Aston confident of momentum heading into Summer Bash

It may not have been the result he was looking for, but Sheffield Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston says his side have given him platform to build some vital momentum following their latest display.

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Matty Fozard in action for Sheffield Eagles against London Broncos. Picture: Alex Coleman, ADC Photography

Eagles fail to play the numbers game as they are bucked by Broncos – London 46 Sheffield 12

Sheffield Eagles failed to make a second-half numerical advantage count as they slipped to a 46-12 loss to high-flying London Broncos, despite an improved showing.

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Jack Smith: picture by Andy Garner

Sheffield speedway: Race legend is motivating his track-mad son

Jack Smith is drawing inspiration from his legendary father in a bid to iron out his problems.

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Sheffield Eagles coach Aston admits he has a tough job

Mark Aston has successfully moulded several teams during his lengthy spell as Sheffield Eagles coach, but he admits his current crop are his most challenging yet.

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Sheffield Eagles on the hunt for ‘diamonds’

Sheffield Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston says he needs to find a way to inject some fresh blood into his side as he goes in search of some much needed additions.

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Aston’s heartbreak over ‘soft’ Sheffield Eagles

In a typically honest assessment of his side’s position, the Eagles chief described the performance as ‘heartbreaking’ after the Eagles were put to the sword by a Broncos side who eased their way passed the 60 point mark at the OLP.

With the Eagles again depleted following a raft of injuries, Aston was down to his last 17 players and the weakness was brutally exposed by the Broncos, leaving the long-serving coach to again question his side’s mental toughness in the heat of battle.

“It breaks my heart to say this but I knew what was coming,” he admitted to The Star. “I knew because with what we had in the sheds and with the way they have been mentally and physically.

“That is heartbreaking.

“It is heartbreaking because what I am committed to is working hard, and I am committed to trying to help them.

“It is not rocket science about what our problem is. We have a soft underbelly and when it gets tough, we pack in.

“We have come back into Sheffield for the fans in our home city and we are embarrassing. I spoke about it before the game and yet after three minutes we let a try in because we are not disciplined enough to fetch the game plan. We don’t deliver it.

“We kick the ball straight to players like Kieran Dixon, who has been at Super League level. Come on, why do we make it some much easier for them, and that’s the indiscipline and unprofessional nature that we have.”

With the likes of Matty Fozard, Matty James, Simon Brown and Josh Toole all sidelined, Aston was given a further blow when full-back Corey Makelim was forced to drop out through illness.

Despite giving a debut to loanee Thibault Franck and having veteran centre Menzie Yere available for the first time, the Eagles are still in the midst of an injury crisis showing no sign of abating.

“It is not brand new it has been happening all year,” he added.

“It will be interesting to see what happens because I am going to be quite brutal and honest this week again. The sad thing for me is that I had 17 players today, no more, and there are a large amount of those that shouldn’t be playing at this level.”

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Sheffield Eagles' Simon Brown

Anxious wait for Sheffield Eagles star

Partnerships have been hard to come by this season for Sheffield Eagles, just ask experienced half-back Simon Brown.

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Fresh injury blow hits jinxed Sheffield Eagles roster

Fresh injury blow hits jinxed Sheffield Eagles roster

Half-back Simon Brown looks set for a spell in the treatment room as Sheffield Eagles are again hit by more injury misfortune.

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Sheffield Eagles' James Bentley. .Pic Steve Ellis

Win-at-all-costs mentality for Sheffield Eagles

Only the result was of concern to Mark Aston as Sheffield Eagles put distance between themselves and the relegation zone with a 38-16 victory over Rochdale.

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Report: Eagles pick up vital win to move further clear of danger - Rochdale 16 Sheffield 16

Sheffield Eagles moved further clear of the relegation zone after beating Rochdale Hornets 38-16 at Spotland.

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Sheffiele Eagles prepare to welcome back influential skipper Matty James

Sheffiele Eagles prepare to welcome back influential skipper Matty James

Sheffield Eagles are pinning their hopes on having skipper Matty James back in contention for Sunday’s crucial encounter at Rochdale.

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Sheffield Eagles' Oscar Thomas celebrates a try against Leigh.

Rugby League: Things can only get better for Sheffield Eagles

It might have been tough on the field, but off the field Sheffield Eagles say they are pleased with the initial move to their new home at the Olympic Legacy Park in the east end of the city.

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Greg Burns

Sheffield Eagles: Burns brothers target joint outing

The prospect of brothers Paddy and Greg Burns lining-up alongside each other at first-team level looked set to be unfulfilled family ambition – but it could soon become a reality after Paddy’s recent return.

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