Leeds Rhinos have confirmed the signing of half-back Cory Aston from Sheffield Eagles on a 2-year deal.
21-year old Aston leaves the Eagles after spending just over 3 years in the first team set up, but also came through the youth development system at Sheffield. During his time there, he made 69 appearances in which he scored 31 tries and kicked 92 goals, racking up a total of 308 points.
Aston played a starring role in the Sheffield side that reached The Qualifiers in the 2015 season, but the Eagles failed to build on what was a great season for the club in 2016 and finished 7th in the Championship and then 3rd in the Championship Shield standings. Despite that, Aston’s performances continued to catch the eye in a season which saw him score 15 tries and enhance his reputation as a promising young player.
On his move to the Rhinos, Aston said: ‘’This is a great opportunity for me. It is a dream come true to sign for Leeds Rhinos and to get the chance to play in the top flight having played in the Championship for the last few years. I have had a good chat with Brian McDermott and I am looking forward to learning from him. I have been at Sheffield all my life and obviously only had one coach in my dad so it will be a fresh start with a different voice and new concepts and systems about how to play the game. I am excited about the challenge of playing in Super League and testing myself in training and in games against the best players around.
‘’The Championship is a different competition and I have heard people say that it is more physical but not as fast as Super League, I am looking forward to discovering that for myself now. I think the fact that I have played nearly 70 games in the Championship but I’m still only 21 will stand me in good stead for the future’’.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott believes the latest addition to his squad has the ‘mental toughness’ and potential to make a success of himself with Leeds and in Super League, commenting: ‘’Considering his age, Cory has already got a lot of experience of playing senior rugby which is testament to his toughness, especially as a half back in the Championship. It will be good to see him in our full-time training environment and he is looking forward to the challenge of coming away from home in Sheffield for the first time and making the most of his chance in Super League. As with all our young players, we will certainly help him to make the most of his potential and the rest will be down to his hard work and determination to succeed.”
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