Sheffield Eagles’ fixture list for next season is fuelling speculation that they could be set for a ground share with Doncaster in 2015.
The Eagles and Dons play at home on the same date every weekend throughout the season, suggesting there could be double-headers at the Keepmoat. Eagles are looking for yet another new home for next term, given their poor results at Owlerton Stadium. They won just five of their 12 league matches there and the pitch has the minimum dimensions allowed by the RFL.
A short-term switch to the Keepmoat would solve these problems, albeit outside of the city of Sheffield. The club will move into the Legacy Park on the site of their old home Don Valley Stadium in 2016 and Eagles fans broadly support a temporary move outside the city. The club are meeting with Owlerton officials today and hope to make an announcement later in the week.
Eagles travel to Dewsbury Rams to kick off their season on February 13 beginning their home campaign on the 22nd against London Broncos, who were relegated from Super League this year alongside Bradford Bulls.
Head Coach Mark Aston thinks the first home game will provide the perfect yardstick: “It will be great to test ourselves against a side that have been established in Super League for a long time. It will give us an idea of where we are. There will be no hiding place; they have signed some good players and we will have to hit the ground running to get a good result.”