Henderson relishes play-offs for Eagles

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Sheffield Eagles hooker Andrew Henderson isn’t quite ready to hang up his boots just yet.

The influential 35-year-old announced earlier in the year that this season would be his last, and knows if the Eagles lose to Batley Bulldogs in the playoffs this weekend, it will be the last time he pulls on the jersey.

He said: “I’ve not really been thinking about it much, but I spoke to my wife the other day and said, potentially, I might only have one game left, or I could have two, three or four, which is a strange feeling.

“All my family will make sure they’re there, but I’m hoping it won’t be the last game and I’m confident it won’t be. As a group of players we need to prepare well and focus on the job in hand because we’re going to need to be very, very good.

“I want to go out on a high and win another Grand Final which would be a fantastic way to finish my career.”

The match will be played at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium rather than at the Eagles’ regular home of Owlerton.

However, Henderson believes the change in venue will actually play into Sheffield’s hands.

“Certainly when the boys found out we were playing there, they were buzzing,” he continued.

“It’s a great facility to play at; it has a real professional feel to it, the pitch is lush and the changing rooms are fantastic.

“From the players’ point of view, on both teams, it’s a great venue to have the game; although I think Batley would probably have rather played at Owlerton as they beat us there earlier in the year and we have struggled there this season.

“The pressure is on us, because we are probably the form team in the division heading into the playoffs and recent history has shown that we perform at this time of the year.”