Rugby League: Retiring Henderson seeks Eagles revival

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Hooker Andrew Henderson is determined to leave Sheffield Eagles with the right kind of memories.

The Scottish international retires as a player at the end of the season to join London Broncos as assistant coach.

He wants to enjoy his final games and help the Eagles to a place in the Championship play-offs.

“My commitment is with Sheffield until the day I leave that’s to the end of the season,” he said.

“I want to finish on a high with a successful back end of the season and then the boots are hung up and it’s time for the next chapter.”

Since joining the Eagles in 2010 Henderson has helped the Eagles to win two Championship Grand Finals.

The 35-year-old who played in the Super League with Castleford Tigers has also had a key role in developing young players at the club.

At London he will face a new challenge with the Broncos rebuilding after their relegation from the Super League was confirmed last weekend.

His final games at the Eagles will be crucial with the club one of three teams in mid-table on 32-points. They need victories to ensure a play-off place and banish the risk of dropping into the bottom five and relegation.

Henderson helped end a run of three defeats with a 24-16 win over North Wales and hopes to keep that run going at one of his former clubs Barrow Raiders on Sunday.

“They know me at Barrow and it’s always interesting when you go back to an old club,” he said.

“Our away form has been pretty good and we’ll be confident.

“We grinded out a victory over North Wales and to nil any team in the first half is pretty good. There are plenty of positives we can take from that.

“We’re going to Barrow where it’s a big wide pitch and I would like to think we have the scoring power to get a result.”