Rugby league: Eddie sets sights on first team spot after French spell

Eagles Eddie Battye
Eagles Eddie Battye
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Forward Eddie Battye is targeting a first team place at Sheffield Eagles after returning from playing in France.

The 21-year-old has agreed a new deal that will keep him at the Eagles until the end of the season. Battye was a regular in the Villeneuve Leopards team during the last French season scoring four tries.

He said: “I’m back with the Eagles and in the squad and my aim is to play games. As soon as I get an opportunity I’ve got to take it.

“I went out to France to play and get some experience. The league was more competitive than I thought it was going to be. They like to play it down the middle so that suited me but it wasn’t as fast as over here.”

Battye, from Oxspring made his Eagles debut in 2008 but competition for places in the pack has seen him make only seven senior appearances. Coach Mark Aston says Battye will be in consideration for the team to play at Keighley Cougars in the Championship on Sunday. He said: “I’m delighted Eddie is back. He’s been training with us and doesn’t look out of place. He has the hunger and desire to force his way in the first team.

“Eddie came through our system which is what we have been working for - he’s in the first team squad because he’s earned the right to that.”

Eagles have confirmed that prop Ben Gledhill’s loan from Salford Reds has been extended on a week-by-week basis.