New Sheffield Eagles ace Keale Carlile expects a tough fight to hold down his place in the Eagles’ starting line-up.
The former Hull Kingston Rovers hooker put pen-to-paper on an 18 month contract with Mark Aston’s side, and made his Eagles’ bow in the Challenge Cup success over Oldham Roughyeds at The Keepmoat Stadium last Sunday.
Carlile’s arrival offset the departure of Aussie Blake South and he is now set to compete with the established James Davey and the emerging Greg Burns for the number nine jersey.
Carlile welcomed the competition for places accepting he will have to be at the top of his game if he is to be a regular fixture with Aston’s high-flyers.
“We have a really strong squad here and with the likes of James Davey and young Burnsy there is competition,” Carlile told The Star.
“I cannot rest on my laurels; I need to keep putting strong performances in because we have good players here.
“I am the same age as James (Davey) and I have played against him at Academy level and in Super League during his days with Wakefield so I know he is a great player.
“I thought Greg did really well against Oldham. He is very lively coming out from dummy-half, he isn’t lacking in pace and he is skilful too.
“That’s good for me because I haven’t come here to plod along, I need to be pushed to my limits and I know that’s what will happen here.”
Following his departure from Super League outfit Hull KR, the former Bradford and Huddersfield man was coveted by a host of clubs. Carlile decided his future was in the Steel City citing the club’s aspiration for a return to Rugby League’s top table as the main reason for joining.
“It is exciting times,” added the 25-year-old.
“I spoke to Mark Aston a number of times and it was his ambition that appealed to me. He is really keen to get the club back to Super League so this is exciting times and a new challenge for me which I am really looking forward to.
“The stadium plans were also a factor, the sooner that happens the better. I hope to show the fans why I was brought to the club and the more game time I get then the quicker I will get up to full speed.”