Eddie the (Sheffield) Eagle was offered a full time deal

Sheffield's Eddie Battye in his pomp
Sheffield's Eddie Battye in his pomp
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Sheffield Eagles confirmed there was a full-time offer on the table for Eddie Battye, after it was confirmed the prop would be joining London Broncos next season.

Local boy Battye was one of 10 players confirmed to be leaving at the end of the current campaign, ending an eight year association with Eagles. A number of players were unable to break work commitments to become full-time with the Eagles, but Battye will be making the jump albeit not with Mark Aston’s new look side. Whilst Aston would have liked to retain the services of the ever-present player, he said Battye moves on good terms, as he links up with former Sheffield favourite and current Broncos coach Andrew Henderson.

“He was offered a contract with Sheffield around two to three months ago” Aston confirmed. “He thinks this is a better option for him. He has been a big part here and we have developed him so he has been one of our own. It is sad to see him go but he had to make a decision. We have to move on now and start to write the next chapter of our story. They may have offered him a better deal, and it is a chance for him to move away which he has done before when he moved to France.”

The 24-year-old Academy graduate has signed a two-year deal with the Broncos, and previously enjoyed a spell with French club Villeneuve Leopards in 2012.

He is the first of the released players to confirm where he will be playing his rugby next season.