Aston emotional following Sheffield departure

New Leeds Rhinos signing Cory Aston has admitted that he left Sheffield Eagles with a very heavy heart.

Aston completed his move to the Rhinos last week on a two-year deal, bring his association with the club to an end.

The young halfback, the son of legendary Sheffield star and head coach Mark, signed a five-year deal with the Eagles in 2015 and made over 70 appearances for the club before departing.

While a move to the Rhinos would be the pinnacle in many players’ career, Aston admitted that it was still a difficult decision to leave the Championship club.

“It was a harder decision than you might think, despite it being Leeds Rhinos,” he revealed.

“I’ve supported Sheffield all my life, grew up watching my dad play for them and it was only ever my dream to play for Sheffield.

“That club will forever have a place in my heart, but this is a huge challenge and a huge opportunity for me. It’s a different type of challenge but having played against Super League teams in the Qualifiers last year, it’s really given me the taste for it.

“It’s the right time to take the step up and see what I’m about at the top level.”

A full interview with Cory Aston on his move to Leeds and his future plans is available in the new edition of League Express. Get your copy in stores or online at