Rugby League: Featherstone face contract battle for Aston

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers have announced the signing of the Sheffield Eagles scrum- half, Mark Aston, but may face a contractual battle, writes Dave Hadfield.

Aston's contract runs until 31 August, instead of expiring on the standard date at the end of June. Sheffield, who were negotiating a possible transfer to Halifax, say he can only sign for Featherstone if they pay the full pounds 250,000 listed fee.

Featherstone, who have offered only pounds 60,000 for Aston, hope to have Andy Currier, who badly damaged his knee in a pre-season friendly last year, fit for his debut against Wigan on the opening day of the season.

Widnes have signed Tony Thorniley, from Warrington, and the Rochdale winger Jason Green.