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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Sheffield boss praises Workington Town coaching staff

Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston has praised the Workington Town coaching staff for “standing up for their values”.

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Mark Aston

Aston, who made 389 appearances for the team he now coaches, made clear his stance on the dual-registration set-up, as he prepares to bring his reigning Championship champions to Derwent Park on Sunday.

“We don’t have any such dual-registration agreement with a Super League club and we won’t as long as I am here,” he told News & Star Sport.

“It’s good to see that Gary Charlton and Martin Oglanby are not going to be pushed into a corner. They’re honourable blokes and it’s good to see them standing up for their own values.

“We won the Grand Final last season without dual-registration players, which proves a big point,” he added.

“What you’ve got to look at is the club’s long-term aspirations. Here at the Eagles, our aspirations are to bring through home-grown players and I think Workington Town are trying to do the same.

“I am 100 per cent against the dual-registration scheme. I know Town have used a couple of players in each game but they have been used as cover for long-term injuries which is acceptable.

“Credit to them. Do we really need dual-registration players? I won’t sell my soul to anyone.”

With Widnes Vikings not having a game this weekend, Town could use up to five dual-registered players but Charlton went on the record earlier this week in saying: “We won’t be using more players than we have been doing.”

Aston is expecting a tough game against Town on Sunday, and added: “It’s always an open and physical game when we come up to Cumbria.

“I’ve been watching the DVDs of Town’s games and they have the likes of Ewan Dowes, Jamie Thackray and Peter Lupton who have played at the top level.

“And then theres the likes of Jason Mossop, a cracking player who spent time with us a few seasons ago. I know Town were disappointed with the defeat at Doncaster and they’ll be trying to make up for that on Sunday.

“Halifax came up there a couple of weeks ago and had a very tough time. We’ve not expecting anything less.”

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